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NICC Faculty Member Publishes Book 500+ Verbs in Umonhon (Omaha)

A new publication is in print for learning and preserving the UmoNhoN language. Alice MoNshinhoNthiN Saunsoci, fluent elder and language instructor at NICC for numerous years, in collaboration with linguist Ardis TioNgthehe Eschenberg a former NICC employee have produced a new teaching aid for the UmoNhoN language. The book entitled 500+ Verbs in UmoNhoN (Omaha) Doing Things in UmoNhoN-Way recently went to press and is now available through amazon.com.
Alice and Ardis completed work on the book in the fall of 2015 shortly before the unfortunate passing of Alice a few weeks later. The two had collaborated on language instruction and preservation for 16 years researching and preparing for this publication. The book documents the meaning and conjugations of over 500 different verbs in the UmoNhoN (Omaha) language. The major verb patterns and a basic overview of sentence structure are also discussed.
The project to produce the book was funded by the National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities grant program Documenting Endangered Languages, award number BCS-1360869, “Discovering Omaha Linguistic Structure through the Documentation of Fluent Elders’ Voices.” Alice’s work to teach and preserve the UmoNhoN (Omaha) language will continue with this publication, benefiting language learners for decades to come. The book will be available at the NICC libraries in mid-December 2016.

500+ Verbs in Umonhon (Omaha)

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Native Youth Standing Strong

My name is Will Meier and I am one of the volunteers at Native Youth Standing Strong in Sioux City, Iowa. Native Youth Standing Strong (NYSS) is a nonprofit youth group that meets weekly in Sioux City. Over the years NYSS has partner with NICC on several activities. Jim Hallum, Jackie Hahn, Pierre Merritt and many alumni have been instrumental in the partnering relationship between NICC and NYSS. On Halloween of this year NYSS and NICC once again partnered to create a special night for the youth in our community.
Due to Jackie Hahn and Jim Hallum’s efforts we were able to give out one pumpkin to each of the youth that attended the program. We have over 100 people in attend-ance. We had a nice snack that night and
then we then painted the pumpkins and had a pumpkin painting contest where several cash prizes were handed out.
The night was a huge success with many smiles all around. I want to thank NICC and the staff for the great partnership. We at NYSS look forward to our continuing partner-ship with NICC and making our community a better place for all.

This Program is funded in part by a Nebraska Indian Community College Tribal College Grant, Project New Dawn, supported by the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under grant Award No. 2014-47002-22149.