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Mentor Apprentice Program


SHI is sponsoring mentor-apprentice teams in three communities in an effort to revitalize the Tlingit language. Through the program, SHI is training mentors and apprentices in the latest language immersion teaching methods, which have shown to be highly effective in helping students learn languages. SHI is sponsoring the program in Sitka, Yakutat and Juneau.

In Sitka, fluent Tlingit speaker-mentor Ethel Makinen will pair with apprentice Duane Lindoff, and mentor Anne Johnson will teach Jamie Bradley. SHI will partner with Sitka Tribes of Alaska and work with community liaisons Tristan Guevin and Heather Powell. In Yakutat, mentor Lena Farkas will pair with apprentice Jaclyn Milton, and mentor Nellie Lord will teach student Devlin Anderstrom. SHI will partner with the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe and work with community liaison Amanda Porter. In Juneau, mentor Selena Everson will teach Hans and Jessica Chester, and mentor Paul Marks will teach apprentices Ishmael Hope and Joshua Jackson. Marsha Hotch will serve as community liaison.

This program is funded through a grant from the Administration of Native Americans for Language Preservation and Maintenance...(more)


SHI chooses mentor-apprentice teams to revitalize Tlingit language
SHI awarded $454,828 grant towards language revitalization