Summary: This bill revises a grant program administered by the Administration for Native Americans at the Department of Health and Human Services to preserve Native American languages. The minimum number of enrollees in educational programs funded by grants is reduced from 10 to 5 enrollees in Native American language nests, which provide instruction through the use of a Native American language for children under the age of 7 and their parents. For survival schools, which are programs striving for fluency in a Native American language and proficiency in other academic fields, the minimum number of enrollees is reduced from 15 to 10. The bill increases the maximum duration of grants. The program is reauthorized through FY2024. Cosponsors (Bipartisan)
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 10/16/19.
STATUS: Introduced 1/30/19 by Rep. Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM-3].
INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:
- “The preservation of language is essential to the sovereignty and continuation of the rich history and cultural traditions of Native and tribal communities. Yet, too many Native languages will face extinction in the coming decades without sustained intervention,” said Luján. “I’m proud to join my colleagues in supporting legislation to reauthorize programs that strengthen Native American language immersion programs.” (Source: Rep. Lujan, Press Release, 01/030/19)