Save the date! The 2018 Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair will be held on April 2-3, 2018. Please check back for updates.
If you have questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (405) 325-7599. The ONAYLF office is open on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
Thank you to the featured Speakers for the 2017 fair!
Heather Shotton, Ph.D. is a citizen of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, and is also Kiowa and Cheyenne. She currently serves as an associate professor in Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She received her doctorate in adult and higher education from the University of Oklahoma in 2008. Shotton’s research focuses on Indigenous students in higher education and Indigenous women, particularly in the areas of leadership and Indigenous women scholars. She served as a co-editor for the book, “Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher Education” (Stylus), which addresses strategies for serving Native college students and is a co-editor for the forthcoming book, “Reclaiming Indigenous Research in Higher Education” (Rutgers University Press). She is the past president for the National Indian Education Association and was recently named the NIEA Educator of the Year. She is a strong advocate for Native education and serves Native students and communities on a national and local level.
Micker (Mike) Richardson, MBA, is the director of the National American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start Collaboration Center (NAIANHSCC). As director, Richardson facilitates collaboration, education, coordination and alignment of Head Start services at multiple levels, with the goal of providing early childhood education opportunities to American Indian/Alaska Native children and their families. His work in language revitalization helps children 0-5 years of age to acquire or maintain language skills at various levels of proficiency. Developing language skills at early ages also encourages the continuity of tribal language and tribal culture at the community level. This work is done in partnership with tribes, Administration for Native Americans (ANA), National Indian Education Association (NIEA), Indigenous Language Institute, The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), Tribal colleges, universities and the Smithsonian Indigenous Linguistics department, as well as many other partners that support tribal languages.