Sep 17, 2012

Future of University of Utah’s indigenous language efforts uncertain

The University of Utah recently announced it would be closing the doors on its Center for American Indian Languages (CAIL), in an effort to “restructure” and narrow it’s focus to the languages of Utah’s tribes.  While the center’s mission has an intentionally broader reach – supporting initiatives for languages across the Americas – one of its most successful projects, the Shoshoni Project, is, in fact, focused on a native language of Utah.  According to an article in the Salt Lake Tribune, the university says it plans to continue to support this project and move other efforts to the American West Center, yet never consulted CAIL’s principal faculty member on these changes.


To read more about the closing of CAIL, check out the Salt Lake Tribune’s article