Lanna Flood Memorial Address
Sheilah Nicholas, an associate professor teaching, learning and sociocultural studies at University of Arizona, will facilitate three panelists in the discussion about language preservation and revitalization for this year’s Lanna Flood Memorial Address. On Monday, Nicholas and three panelists will share about their work in this field. On Tuesday, Summit participants interested in learning more about how to support language preservation and revitalization can attend this session to learn what others in Arizona are doing to support this critical work by participating in different poster sessions and engaging in conversations with others across the state interested in promoting this work. In addition, this year the United Nations declared 2019 the Year of Indigenous Languages to raise awareness of this topic. First Things First is a partnering organization with United Nation in this effort.
Sheilah Nicholas is a member of the Hopi Tribe. She is an associate professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies (TLSS) at University of Arizona and faculty instructor for the American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI). Her focuses is on Indigenous/Hopi language maintenance and reclamation and indigenous language ideologies and epistemologies. She also studies the intersection of language, culture and identity and, indigenous language teacher education. She is co-principal investigator of a multi-university national study, “Indigenous-Language Immersion and Native American Student Achievement” funded by the Spencer Foundation. Her own upcoming research will engage a Hopi community school in a self-study regarding the role of schools in language reclamation efforts.