Welcome to the AIRC Native Language Page

"One of the world’s 7,000 distinct languages disappears every 14 days, an extinction rate exceeding that of birds, mammals or plants."

Los Angeles Times, 2007

Dear Friend,

If you are like me, the statistic above is both unbelievable and eye-opening. Even more shocking is the fact that National Geographic’s Enduring Voices Project recently named Oklahoma one of the world’s hotspots for language extinction. Right here, on our very doorstep, bits of our cultural heritage are slipping through our fingers.

The Tulsa City-County Library’s American Indian Resource Center, in conjunction with the Euchee Tribe and Sac & Fox Nation, is proud to provide to you the enclosed math/native language worksheet sets for early childhood learners. It is simple to use in a regular classroom setting yet detailed enough to use in an immersion situation.

We hope by providing these tools to educators, the next generation will never know that these languages were once on their way to becoming extinct.

Sincerely,

Teresa Runnels

Content

About the Euchee and Sauk Language Packets

The American Indian Resource Center, in conjunction with the Euchee Language Project and the Sauk Language Department, is proud to provide a free supplemental packet consisting of early childhood concepts in native language worksheets for young learners.  It is simple to use in the regular classroom yet detailed enough for a language immersion setting.  This project was funded by The Tulsa Foundation.

To learn more please download the General Information Packet located below under Download and Print Packets.

Language Curriculum Packets

Purpose and Guidelines

Language Curriculum (LCP) is to expose language learners to basic words of the selected native language. This packet consists of two sets of lesson worksheets, a translation sheet, and a translation CD* and was designed for the Early Childhood learner.

You are welcome to copy the Native Language Resource Supplement with the TCCL tagline left intact.

Each Packet Contains

  • A translation sheet presents the pronunciations used for the worksheets.The translation sheet provides simple explanations of how sounds are to be used in the language and is designed to foster learning.
  • Lesson worksheets. The suggested content areas to use the worksheets include: math, language, spelling, and writing. The worksheets contain numerals 0 to 10, tracing/writing lines, lifelike illustrations, a descriptive sentence in the selected language, a descriptive sentence in the English language, and blank writing line.
  • Each packet also contains a translation CD. The participating tribes have included their translations in order to speak the language in the classroom.
    • *Please call the American Indian Resource Center about acquiring the accompanying CD's, 918-549-7472.

We hope you find this packet a great starting point to introducing your students to Oklahoma’s native languages.

Download and Print Packets

Click to download either the Euchee Language Packet PDF, the Sauk Language Packet PDF or the General Packet Information PDF. 

Euchee/Yuchi Language Project

 “yUdjEhanAno sonKAnAno” - We, the Euchee people, we are still here” - Mose Cahwee

Euchee Language Project

The Euchee/Yuchi Language Project (ELP) is a grassroots, 501c3 non-profit organization working fervently to keep the Euchee language alive in the community.  The goal of the Euchee Language Project is to create new fluent speakers through immersion teaching between fluent elders, adults, and children.  Today, there are only four fluent first-language speakers of Yuchi, all of whom are over age 80.

Sauk Language Program

Sauk Language Program  - Kîmâchipena (Let's Come Together)

The Sauk language comes from the Algonquian language family. Other languages in this family are the Cree, Ojibwa, Shawnee, Delaware, Blackfoot, and Cheyenne. The two closest relatives of Sauk are the Mesquakie and Kickapoo languages. Once spoken in Michigan, Illinois and Kansas, Sauk is still the traditional language of the Sac and Fox of Oklahoma, although only spoken by a dwindling number elders.

2011 Oklahoma Humanitites in Education Award

OKLAHOMA HUMANITIES COUNCIL ANNOUNCES 2011 TULSA AWARDEES

Oklahoma City, OK—The Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) announced the names of the 2011 awardees to be honored at its Oklahoma Humanities Awards dinner, February 24, 2011, at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. 

“We want to honor the people and programs that enrich our state’s cultural life,” said OHC Executive Director Ann Thompson. “The occasion demonstrates the relevance of the humanities to modern society. By recognizing outstanding public programs like exhibits, book discussions, and classroom projects, we can showcase how the humanities expand our worldview and change people’s lives every day.”
 

Tulsa City-County Library projects and employees will be recognized, including:
 

The American Indian Resource Center of the Tulsa City-County Library will be honored with the Humanities in Education Award for achievements in language preservation through development of its Native Language Supplemental Packet. These materials were developed for educators and students to facilitate learning introductory words and phrases, and to stimulate further interest in the Native language. The packet has been used successfully in the Sauk and Euchee language programs.


Teresa Runnels, coordinator for the resource center, is gratified to see the work recognized. “Receiving the 2011 Oklahoma Humanities Council’s Education Award galvanizes my desire to see American Indian history and traditions preserved,” said Runnels. “Knowing the history of the people who lived in North America long before us is important to understanding the path we will travel in the future.”

Cindy Hulsey and Laura Raphael of the Tulsa City-County Library will receive the Community Leadership Award for creation and implementation of “Novel Talk: Smart Conversations for Serious Readers.” 
 

For more information contact OHC at 405-235-0280 or visit www.okhumanities.org

About the Oklahoma Humanities Council

The Oklahoma Humanities Council is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide meaningful public engagement with the humanities—disciplines such as history, literature, film studies, art criticism and philosophy. As the state partner for the National Endowment for the Humanities, OHC provides teacher institutes, Smithsonian exhibits, reading groups, and other cultural opportunities for Oklahomans of all ages. With a focus on K-12 education and community building, OHC engages people in their own communities, stimulating discussion and helping them explore the wider world of human experience.