Congress Passes Esther Martinez Language Preservation Reauthorization Act >>

December 17th, 2019

Congress Passes Esther Martinez Language Preservation Reauthorization Act

On December 9th, the House passed S.256, the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act. The bill reauthorizes the program and provides increased flexibility by allowing more tribes, schools, and organizations to become eligible to apply for language immersion grants, extending the possible length of grants, and extending the Act’s authorization through 2024.

The Senate passed S.256 this past June, and the legislation was awaiting House action.

The bill was passed as a direct result of Indian country’s strong advocacy and dedication to seeing this important legislation move forward.

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