Historical conditions such as forced cultural and linguistic assimilation continue to result in language loss in Native communities.6,12 Promoting Heritage languages for Native American/Alaska Indian (AI/AN) students is important for whole child development. A student’s heritage language enhances English language development, academic achievement, and social and emotional wellbeing. This infographic highlights the importance of promoting and elevating the Heritage languages of AI/AN multilingual learners (MLs).
State and Local Policy
Native American and Alaska Native Children
Heritage and Indigenous Language Programs