June 3 - 28, 2024

Arizona State University and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Creating Partnerships, Honoring Neighbors, Building Capacity


About CoLang 2024

CoLang is an international institute which creates multi-dimensional networks and provides quality training for anyone interested in language work, including language activists, teachers, linguists, and students from all types of communities. CoLang workshops provide hands-on skills in language reclamation, documentation, and related fields as practiced in collaborative, community-based contexts.

Arizona State University (ASU) and the O’odham-Piipaash Language Program (OPLP) of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC), one of several federally recognized tribes in the greater Phoenix area, have joined forces to cohost CoLang 2024. Located in the northern Sonoran desert - on the world's unique desert biospheres - and adjacent to the city of Phoenix, ASU and SRPMIC are close neighbors. 

As such, the theme for CoLang 2024 is “Creating Partnerships, Honoring Neighbors, Building Capacity”. To our knowledge, this will be the first co-equal partnership, from day one, between a university and tribal organization in the conceiving, planning, funding, and hosting of an Institute. Indeed, our theme can be seen as a step in the evolution of CoLang, whereby educators, and indigenous community language scholars and activists meet and build their capacities in a setting that was shaped by a truly collaborative vision between a traditional institution of higher learning and a tribal-run language program - one that is facing many of the familiar challenges in documenting and revitalizing their languages that indigenous language communities around the world face. Both organizations bring unique resources, scholars, expertise, and opportunities to the Institute that we believe will make for a special learning experience. An important aspiration of CoLang 2024 is to serve as a model for how such a co-equal enterprise can lead to a productive and sustainable partnership between neighbors, and how institutions such as ASU can honor and serve their neighbors in a meaningful way. You can read more about CoLang here.

Congratulations to the CoLang 2024 Scholarship Recipients!

Elora Cromaty
Elora Cromarty is Cree from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and is a member of Kinoséw Sípí (Norway House Cree Nation), located in Treaty 5 Territory. She is currently a fourth-year student at the University of Manitoba, working towards an Honours BA in Linguistics and a minor in Indigenous Languages, with a focus on Ininímowin (Cree). Elora grew up away from her community and disconnected from her culture and language. As she grew older, and slowly started reconnecting, she realized the importance of learning Ininímowin and how it would bring her closer to her family, community, and reclaiming her Indigenous Identity. Since then, Elora has been committed to the revitalization, documentation, maintenance, and helping others reclaim their Indigenous Languages. Elora has worked with multiple different community organizations as a resource developer, author, editor, and program facilitator, working with the 7 traditional Indigenous languages within Manitoba (Ininímowin, Anishinaabemowin, Anisininemowin, Dene, Dakota, Michif, and Inuktitut). After graduation, Elora plans to continue doing work in Indigenous Language Revitalization, whether that be through community efforts, or by continuing her studies and going into graduate school pursuing Linguistics. Elora is an advocate for language rights and revitalization, and consistently encourages other Indigenous youth to learn their traditional languages.

Colleen R. Billiot
Colleen R. Billiot is a citizen of the United Houma Nation and resident of St. Bernard Parish currently working as the Public Education Coordinator for the American Indian College Fund. She co-founded the Houma Language Project, spear-headed the return of the Houma's traditional Tasso Time gathering, and is working to compile a comprehensive history of her people. She apprenticed under master basket weaver, Janie Luster, and master storyteller, Grayhawk Perkins. Colleen received her Bachelor's in international relations with a minor in German from Tulane University and her Master's in conflict resolution from Georgetown University. She will begin her doctoral studies in linguistic anthropology this fall. Colleen is also a certified instructor of basic self-defense for women with Rape Aggression Defense Systems (RAD) focused pre-dominantly on instructing in Indigenous communities.

Devon Denny
I study Athabaskan syntax with a focus on Navajo structure. I am interested in analyzing overt question markers, negation particles and wh- movement in Navajo. I received my Linguistics B.A. and TESOL certificate at the University of Utah and my Linguistics M.S. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I have also discovered a love of teaching, having taught ESL in Taiwan and Utah and Linguistics in Arizona.

Macario Mendoza-Carrillo

Kamimi Papp

CoLang 2024 Internal Scholarships

Adrienne Matunas

Kamimi Papp