The Northwest Indigenous Language Institute (NILI) at the University of Oregon began in the 1990s as a way to help with Indigenous language revitalization in the Pacific Northwest by training tribal members in language instruction. What began as a two-week-long summer institute developed in collaboration with tribal members has expanded into a year-round program that has had a profound effect both on tribal communities and the university itself. Thanks to a 2020 pandemic relief grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, NILI created a series of online courses that attracted participants from around the world, helping to foster a global community of people devoted to language revitalization.
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