Helen Dick, DLI 2004
Helen Dick, DLI 2004

Dena'ina Language Institute

Dena'ina Qenaga Duch'deldih

May 30-June 16, 2006
Kenai Peninsula College

Dena'ina Language Institute

More than 100 language learners and speakers from across the Dena'ina region have participated in the Dena'ina Language Institute since it was founded in 2003. The 2006 Institute will feature additional learning opporunities, including a language class for children, a teaching methods course, and a course in language structure and literacy. Please join us!

listen to pubic radio story about the 2004 Institute
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The Dena'ina Language Institute is a 3-week summer language program open to anyone interested in learning and sharing Dena'ina language. Students may participate for any amount of time but must attend at least one week of class in order to receive university credit. The Institute is supported by a US Department of Education Title VII grant and is co-sponsored by the Alaska Native Language Center, Kenai Peninsula College, and the Interior Athabascan Tribal College. Courses offered apply to UAF degree programs in Native Language Education or Alaska Native Studies.

Financial Support

Dena'ina speakers wishing to participate in the Institute as mentors should contact the coordinators directly. Transportation, room and board can be provided for speakers.

In order to receive financial support students must pursue a university degree program related to Dena'ina language and must be sponsored by a school district or tribal organization. Sponsors agree to contribute $500 toward the cost of the Institute. There are no additional costs for sponsored students. Note that as this is the final year of the grant, sponsored students will not be eligible for support throughout the 2006-2007 academic year.


Classes meet Monday through Friday at Kenai Peninsula College. Students registering for 3 credit classes must attend the entire Institute (May 30-June 16). Students registering for 1 credit classes must attend five consecutive days of class. Tuition and fees are at a special reduced rate of $75 per course (regardless of number of credits). See the UAF Catalog for more detailed course descriptions.

Students can choose one morning class and one afternoon class. a variety of classes.

Morning classes (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Afternoon classes (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

No evening classes will be held this year.



Housing is available for $450 per week, including 3 meals per day, at the Alaska Christian College adjoining the KPC campus. Housing costs are covered for Sponsored Students.

Contact Information

Those interested in attending the Dena'ina Language Institute should contact the DLI Coordinator as soon as possible:


The Dena'ina Festival is held annually during the Institute, usually on the second weekend.

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