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Native Education Lecture: Native Languages of New Mexico

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM


APS Indian Education, established 1974.

Berna Facio Professional Development Complex

Lecture Hall

3315 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Dr. Daisy Thompson, Indian Education Department Director

(505) 884-6392

"Native Languages of New Mexico: Gifted Oral Traditions of the Past, Present and Future."

Featured Native Education Lecturer: Christine Sims, Ph.D.


Our Native Languages have been gifted to us as Indigenous peoples and form the very identity we carry as members of unique language communities. This presentation will explore the unique features of our oral traditions and how indigenous wisdom conveyed through these languages are the foundations of our relationships with one another, our communities, the natural world and the landscapes in which we reside. The implications for maintaining and revitalization of these languages will be discussed.


Dr. Sims is from Acoma Pueblo and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies in the College of Education at the University of New Mexico (UNM). Also serves as the Director of the American Indian Language Policy Research & Teacher Training Center, she established in 2008. Completed her doctoral work at the University of California at Berkeley, with a focus on issues of heritage language maintenance and revitalization among American Indian tribes.  She specializes in indigenous language revitalization and maintenance issues, provides technical assistance to indigenous nations in language program planning, curriculum development, and language assessment and training of American Indian language teachers. The Center engages in public advocacy for Indigenous language maintenance and revitalization initiatives and provides year round training support for Native language instructors serving in community and school-based language initiatives. The Native American Language Teachers’ Institute (NALTI), a week long summer training program sponsored by the Center is held at the UNM campus for Native speakers from various tribes throughout the southwest as well as from other regions of the United States. The Center’s outreach to tribes also includes training support for language initiatives in early childhood education, an increasingly critical area of concern for many tribes.

About the Lecture Series

APS Indian Education presents “Honoring the Spirit of Native Education Lecture Series." Lectures will be provided by Native American professionals on Tuesday evenings in March and April.


Native American presenters will cover various topics:

  • Cultural Do’s and Don’ts
  • Government
  • Leadership
  • History
  • Stories
  • Values

Who's Invited

The targeted audience includes Albuquerque and surrounding communities:

  • Educators
  • Parents
  • Leaders
  • Students

Lecture Dates

Lectures will be provided on the following dates:

  1. March 3 Lecture
  2. March 10 Lecture
  3. March 17 Lecture
  4. April 7 Lecture
  5. April 14 Lecture
  6. April 28 Lecture


Featured speakers, biographies, and topics will be announced the week before each lecture.

The community can access information on the Indian Education website and The Core Newsletter.

The lectures are free and sponsored by the APS Indian Education Department.

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