‘Rising Voices’ Chronicles Effort to Save Lakota Language

Florentine Films/Hott Productions, in association with The Language Conservancy, presents a new documentary project: Rising Voices/Hótȟaŋiŋpi. Five years in the making, this multi-platform project tells the story of Lakota Language Revitalization.

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Navajo Kindergartner Sent Home First Day of School For Having Long Hair – UPDATE

Navajo Kindergartner with long hair ponytail sent home (2014), School still forbids long hair and ponytails on boys in 2015-2016


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I did more research after Amanda Blackhorse @blackhorse_a asked “Does anyone know where this school is?”


What I found was shocking.

Documentary shows many Latinos struggle with culture

A locally-based documentary is trying to connect the children of Latino immigrants who may have grown up with the struggle of connecting with both an American culture and their Latino cultures.

Source: www.9news.com

The term “Hapa”

is a Hawaiian term meaning mixed race. It comes from Hawaiian Pidgin English, derived from the English word “half”.

There are at least three meanings in common use:


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Source: abagond.wordpress.com

Police Officers in Mississippi Town Are Now Required to Take 2 hour Spanish Class


By Cindy Rodriguez


“The purpose of this program is for our officers to learn basic commands,” said Jackson Police Department Police Chief Lee Vance,.

“We’re not looking to make anybody fluent,” Vance added.
According to Fox News Latino, the two-hour Spanish class is designed for those who have no prior knowledge of the language and is mandatory for all officers.
A super helpful skill that will come in handy if an officer encounters a Spanish native speaker from anything to a traffic violation to more serious matters.
Latinos have been drawn to Mississippi the past few decades because of the state’s burgeoning chicken processing industry, according to Fox News Latino. Jackson, the state’s capital and its largest city, has a population of about 200,000 – roughly 2 percent of whom are Latino, according to the latest U.S. Census data.


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Source: latina.com

Critical Mixed Race Studies / Mixed Roots Stories – LIVE – Joe Hernandez-Kolski w/ Guest Dustin


Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference 2014
Nov 13-25, 2014
DePaul University, Chicago, IL

“Global Mixed Race”

Mixed Roots Stories LIVE event:
Joe Hernandez-Kolski w/ Guest Dustin
“I AM”




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Artist Raises Money for Bilingual, Father and Son Children’s Book – COLORLINES

See on Scoop.itMixed American Life

Illustrator Robert Trujillo wants to get “Furquan’s First Flat Top” off the ground.

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Is My Character “Black Enough”? Advice on Writing Cross-Culturally

Tu Books Publisher and Editorial Director Stacy Whitman shares advice on writing cross-culturally for an author who wonders, “Is my character black enough?”

Community Village‘s insight:
Another decision to make: Should the character code switch?
I suppose some people speak the same way in all situations, but I speak differently when I’m at work verses when I’m at home or around friends.
Also, code switching can be done by any character – regardless of their ethnic background.

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Mixed People Monday – Sabi

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“The pop singer grew up in Inglewood, California, and is the daughter of a Salvadoran mother and African American father. She was raised in a bilingual Spanish and English language household.”

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Kaqchikel (a Mayan language) with English subtitles

Via Scoop.itMixed American Life

Facinating to listen to Indigenous Native American languages – especially because some have been wiped out already.

Also interesting to hear the “l” (edit from “tl” that I though I heard) sounds in so many words. We have a sister and niece by the name of Xochitl and even my Mexican native wife had a hard time pronouncing Xochitl at first lol.

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