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Language Preservation Committee Meeting Minutes
January 24, 2009

         The first business meeting of Language Preservation Committee was called to order January 24, 2009 at 12:41 p.m. in the Lipan Apache Museum, Sunrise Mall, Corpus Christi, Texas. The Committee nominated Locinda Landry-artist, the secretarial position who was present through conference call to record minutes. Locinda approved and accepted the secretarial position.

         The Tribal Chairman Bernard Barcena, who appointed Tom Castillo (homeland administrator.) the Chairman of the Committee, formed the Language Preservation Committee. Chairman Thomas Castillo introduced Grant Castillo-representing the youth for the language project, Juan Vallarea-artist, Alma Cruz-genealogist, Bill Larew-tribal administrator, David Gohre-Linguist all present at the Lipan Apache Museum.

         The key points made were to revive the language through Lipan speakers who still speak the language in the U. S., and to preserve the Lipan history and beliefs through the Lipan language and tradition.

         Thomas Castillo began by handing a copy of the U. S. Department of Human and Health Services ACF Administration for Children & Families Grant executive summary. Grant information is as followed:

Program Office: Administration for Native Americans (ANA)
Funding Opportunity Title: Native Language Preservation and Maintenance Assessment
Announcement Type: Initial
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2009-ACF-ANA-NL-0038
CFDA Number: 93.587
Due Date for Applications: 03/11/2009

ANA program for the Native Language Preservation and Maintenance program area are as followed:
  1. Native Language Preservation Assessment
  2. Native Language Preservation Planning
  3. Native Language Preservation Implementation
  4. Native Language Preservation Immersion

Project Director will start at ground zero.

1.  A Project Director and an Assistant Director will be hired who knows how to read and fill out grants.
2.  They will have to be familiar with buying office supplies on a budget including computers, furniture etc.
3.  They will have to know how to execute survey on Native people who speak the Lipan Apache language in the U. S.
4.  They will have to know the ins and outs of funding. (Contact Colleges as partners Coastal Bend College for instance)
5.  They will sit with the committee and show us they understand grants and how to carry out grants to the end goal.
6.  They will have to sign a letter of intent knowing this project is on contingency.
7.  They will have to report assignment budget on a quarterly basis and have to be able to go under the scrutiny of an audit.
8.  The salary for the director's position will be, 34,000 - 41,000 annually the Asst. director's salary would be approx. 24,000 - 28,000 annually.
9.  All assignments and communication with the Preservation of Language Project Committee from the Project Director and Assistant Director will be reported to the General Council.
10.  This will be an equal opportunity position, which will be published.

         Tom mentioned that another advisor for the team who knows about grants could be Martha Valencia who is with (CCISD) Corpus Christi Independent School District. Planning: will include projects such as working on lexicon dictionary and visual aids for distribution. Implementation: will be the teaching and learning to revive the Lipan Apache language. Immersion: will be the end goal to get all tribe members to speak the language fluently. Tom Castillo announced that the next meeting will be on Saturday February 7, 2007 12:00 p.m. at the Lipan Apache Museum. The meeting was adjourned at 2:47pm LL

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