Faculty affiliates studying effect of self-identity on college success

Myaamia Center faculty affiliates Susan Mosley-Howard and Kate Rousmaniere have been studying the effect of self-identity on college success.  They presented at the 2014 Myaamiaki Conference on their progress, and recently Miami University’s Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship wrote an article about their work.

“Rousmaniere and Mosley-Howard say the literature in the field shows the issue of self-identity is key to the college success of Native students globally, not just on the U.S. mainland, but also in Hawaii, New Zealand, and other societies.

“Even though we can’t say it’s a direct causal relationship,” says Mosley-Howard, “there’s evidence that students who are exposed to their cultural context – whatever it is – have more positive outcomes.”

Visit the OARS blog to read the article!

2015 National Breath of Life Applications Available!

As announced earlier this year, the Myaamia Center was awarded a grant to administrate the 2015 National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages.  Be sure to read our announcement for more details.

Breath of Life is unique in providing archival access for native language activists and scholars. Over the course of two weeks in June of 2015, approximately 40 native community members from across the country will gather to analyze documentation on their languages and cultures in the nation’s capital. They will work in the National Anthropological Archives, the collections of the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of the American Indian, as well as in the Library of Congress.

Applications for the 2015 National Breath of Life workshop are now being accepted! Visit the website for more information, and be sure to share with any interested people! Applications must be submitted by November 15, 2014. Please contact the Myaamia Center at myaamiacenter@miamioh.edu with any questions!

Center awarded grant for “Breath of Life” program

“The Myaamia Center at Miami University has received a $167,650 grant awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a project titled “Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages.”

Daryl Baldwin, director of the Myaamia Center, is principal investigator.

The funding is part of the Documenting Endangered Languages program, a joint effort between the NSF and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which recently announced 27 awards totaling more than $4 million to document languages that are losing speakers.”

Be sure to look at Miami University’s press release for more information!  If you are interested in the Breath of Life program, the program website will be active on October 1, 2014.

Announcing the 2014 Myaamiaki Conference!

We are proud to announce the 6th biennial Myaamiaki Conference hosted at Miami University presenting research related to the Miami Tribe.  The conference, titled “maamawi aanciniikiyankwi neehi aancihtaakiiyankwi: Together We Grow and Change” will be held at Miami University on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Visit the 2014 conference web page to register, find hotel information and see preliminary speaker information!

“Inokaatawaakani Project” featured on the NEH website.

The National Endowment for the Humanities has chosen to highlight our “LeBoullenger Dictionary” transcription project in a recent report on funded initiatives. The project has been active for nine months and is progressing well. The article by the National Endowment for the Humanities is available here.

In a report Center staff published in the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma’s newspaper, we wrote the following about the project. Continue reading

Announcing the Myaamia Center!

In February of 2013, Miami University and the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma launched a joint effort called the Myaamia Center at Miami University. The new Myaamia Center will carry forward the work of language and cultural revitalization that began through the Myaamia Project 11 years ago.

A relationship born from the intersecting paths of their history, the Miami Tribe and Miami University are intrinsically linked through more than just the shared name — Miami. They are also linked through treaty and removal events that significantly altered the tribe’s future and continue to challenge the American story. Although past events cannot be altered, the realities of today are being shaped and molded by a willingness by both entities to reach out to a new generation of youth. This unique collaboration is captured in the Myaamia term used to express this relationship: neepwaantiinki “learning from each other.” According to Miami University President David Hodge: “Bound by our common roots, we seek to learn from and contribute to each other. We are very proud of our deep connections to each other.” Continue reading