Summary: S.2688 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (10/10/2000)

Native American Languages Act Amendments Act of 2000 - Amends the Native American Languages Act to authorize the Secretary of Education to provide funds to Native American Language Educational Organizations (Organizations), Native American Language Colleges, Indian tribal governments, organizations that demonstrate potential to become Organizations, or a consortia of such organizations, colleges, or tribal governments to establish Native American Language Nest programs (site-based education programs conducted through a Native American language) for students below the age of seven and their families.

Authorizes the Secretary to provide funds to such Organizations, colleges, or governments to operate, expand, and increase Native American Language Survival Schools throughout the United States and its territories for Native American children and Native American language-speaking children. Allows a School receiving such funds to: (1) include Nest programs and other educational programs for students who are not Native American language speakers but who seek to establish fluency through instruction in such a language or to re-establish fluency as descendants of such language speakers; (2) provide instruction in more than one language and through regional programs; (3) include a program of concurrent and summer college or university education course enrollment for secondary school students enrolled in Schools, as appropriate; (4) provide special support for such languages for which there are very few or no remaining speakers; (5) develop comprehensive curricula in Native American language instruction; (6) provide teacher and staff training and personnel development and community resource development training; and (7) rent, purchase, construct, or repair educational facilities to ensure the academic achievement of School students.

Requires the Secretary to provide funds to establish three specified demonstration programs that will provide assistance to Schools and Nests at: (1) Ka Haka 'Ula O Ke'elikolani College of the University of Hawaii at Hilo, in consortium with the 'Aha Punana Leo, Inc., and with other entities if deemed appropriate by such college; (2) Piegan Institute of Browning, Montana; and (3) the Alaska Native Language Center of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, in consortium with other entities deemed appropriate by such center. Authorizes such demonstration programs to employ synchronic and asynchronic telecommunications and other appropriate means to maintain coordination and cooperation with one another and with participating Schools and Nests. Requires such programs to provide direction to the Secretary in developing site visit evaluation of Schools and Nests. Authorizes such programs to: (1) establish endowments for furthering their activities relative to the study and preservation of Native American languages; and (2) use funds to provide for the rental, lease, purchase, construction, maintenance, and repair of facilities.

Authorizes appropriations.