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Burney, California
Laying the Foundations in Achumawi
Thanks to NEH funding, tribal members were able to attend the University of Oregon's Northwest Indian Language Institute (NILI) in 2019. Photo credit: Bruce Nevin.

Thanks to NEH funding, tribal members were able to attend the University of Oregon’s Northwest Indian Language Institute (NILI) in 2019. Photo credit: Bruce Nevin.

Achumawi, a language of the Pit River people in northeastern California, is highly endangered. Its last fluent speakers died in the 1990s, and language revitalization efforts have been hampered by a lack of language resources. A fellowship and two grants from the NEH-NSF Documenting Endangered Languages program have provided funding to compile a linguistic database for Achumawi, an invaluable resource for language revitalization projects now and in the future.

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