Save Chinuk Wawa at LCC

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We, supporters of Chinuk Wawa at LCC, request that the LCC Board of Education reverse the administration’s decision to phase out Chinuk Wawa college language classes. We’re requesting that the Board vote to continue Chinuk Wawa classes at LCC at their meeting on May 11, 2016.

If not reversed, the College’s decision will cause immediate harm to both Native and non-native LCC students (as well as UO students completing requirements for the Native Studies minor). In the 11 years since the Board of Education approved creation of the program, Northwest Native students have benefited from this one of a kind course that connects them to one of their heritage languages and non-native students have gained the invaluable opportunity to learn a language of the Pacific Northwest’s’ first peoples and connect with the Grand Ronde Tribal community.

In addition to depriving LCC and UO students, the College’s proposal will also cause great harm to Grand Ronde Tribal youth and their classmates at Willamina High School. This year, 22 such youth enrolled in a dual-enrollment College Now Chinuk Wawa class where they earn college credit and increase their chances of graduation from high school and enrolling in college.

If Lane phases out Chinuk Wawa, this highly successful College Now Program for Grand-Ronde-area youth will also come to an end.

We recognize that discontinuation of Chinuk Wawa at LCC represents a failure of the college to maintain commitment to revitalization of Indigenous languages. This is especially egregious given the primary role of institutions of public education in the rapid decline of the use of Native languages.

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