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Crow Summer Institute 2014 in Photos

In 2014, the Crow Summer Institute was held in conjunction with the Lakota Summer Institute and Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara Summer Institute. Below are some photos from the joint classes, which were held at Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, ND. To read more about the institute, see this blog post and this one.


Preserving Crow for Future Generations
We support the Crow language by developing language-learning resources, organizing teacher trainings and other community language activities.


Ítchik daluúom! It’s good you’ve come!

We are working together to build a strong Crow language.

Crow Language Consortium is a collective of Crow schools, colleges, and educators that are working to preserve Apsáalooke (the Crow language) to ensure we can pass it on to future generations. We work to support Crow learners and teachers by developing language materials such as textbooks, dictionaries, flashcards, posters and more; by providing access to apps and multimedia; and by organizing intensive teacher training and workshops. Today, we are working with many Crow speakers to certify them as teachers in best-practice teaching methodologies.



Crow Language Consortium is continuously working on new projects to strengthen the Crow language.

A talk with Janine Pease, Coordinator of the Crow Summer Institute “I’m determined to see my great-granddaughter have the opportunity…

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CRW 110 – Crow Phonology I

DSC_5574Course Description:

A linguistic understanding of Crow is essential to teaching the language knowledgably and being effective in the classroom. Proper teaching of Crow is dependent on a firm foundation in the sound system and rules of a language.  This course is the primary linguistic introduction to the Crow phonetic system– its sounds and writing system.  The week-long course will be devoted to an overview of the Crow phonetic system and will focus on training consistency in writing the language.  Special emphasis will be on developing a basic, technical linguistic understanding of Crow phonology, the issues and difficulties associated with English speakers learning these sounds, and developing a professional approach on teaching these concepts.  The use of the specialized Crow font and keyboard software will also be covered.

Course Objectives:

To introduce teachers in the effective use of Crow phonology, so that they are adept at preparing lesson plans and teaching classes using Crow sounds.

Course Textbooks:

“Speak Crow!: Level 1 Crow Textbook”, Crow Language Consortium, 2014.

“Speak Crow!: Level 2 Crow Textbook”, Crow Language Consortium, 2015.

Randy Graczyk
University: St. Charles

Father Randolph Graczyk is a Capuchin-Franciscan priest currently serving as pastor of St. Charles Parish on the Crow Reservation in Pryor, Montana. He holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago and assists with the immersion program at St. Charles. Father Graczyk is fluent in Crow and has published a grammar of the Crow language, a Crow dictionary, and is currently helping with the development of Level 3 Crow language curricular materials.

Albino Junior Garcia

Albino “Junior” Garcia is the Education Director at Lakota Language Consortium. He has taught various courses at the Lakota Summer Institute since 2012 and is a leader in the field of Lakota language instruction and teacher training. Previously, Junior was the Dean of Culture and a Lakota language Instructor at the Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque, NM. His teaching experience and positive energy are a great addition to the Crow Language Consortium.

Janine Pease

Dr. Pease is a Crow educator and advocate. She is the founding president of the Little Big Horn college as well as the past president of the American Indiana Higher Education Consortium and director of the American Indian College Fund. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the National Advisory Council on Indiana Education and the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities. She has also served as a trustee of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

Lewis Gebhardt

Lewis Gebhardt has been involved with Crow and Siouan languages since 2009, when he completed his PhD at Northwestern University. His main interest is the structure and meaning of noun phrases, the material that goes with things like articles, numerals, plural markers, and the similarities and differences among noun phrases across languages including Crow, Persian, French, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Armenian. Lewis lives in Chicago, Illinois and is assistant professor in the Linguistics Department at Northeastern Illinois University. At CSI 2016, Lewis will teach Crow Inflectional Morphology and Reading.

Chris Golston

Chris Golston studied Philosophy and Classics at Berkeley and Linguistics at UCLA (MA, PhD) and is now a professor at California State University Fresno. Among dead languages he specializes in Greek, Latin, and Hittite; among the living he works with Crow and Chukchansi Yokuts. Chris will teach Crow phonology at CSI 2016.

Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell has been leading classes on teaching methodology for the Lakota Summer Institute since 2009. Her past career at the Department of Romance Language and Literatures at Harvard built up decades of experience creating lessons in Ojibwe, Thai, Celtic, Russian, Hebrew, Japanese, as well as medieval languages. Kim’s experience with language teaching, curriculum development and methodology is essential for “Teaching Crow Methods” at Crow Summer Institute.

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