Lanna Flood Memorial Address

Sheilah Nicholas, an associate professor teaching, learning and sociocultural studies at University of Arizona, will facilitate three panelists in the discussion about language preservation and revitalization for this year’s Lanna Flood Memorial Address.  On Monday, Nicholas and three panelists will share about their work in this field. On Tuesday, the conversation will continue in six poster sessions. Three poster sessions will share about their success in receiving funding. The other three poster sessions will focus on supporting professionals in this field. In addition, this year the United Nations declared 2019 the Year of Indigenous Languages to raise awareness of this topic. First Things First is a partnering organization with United Nation in this effort.


Sheilah Nicholas is a member of the Hopi Tribe. She is an associate professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies (TLSS) at University of Arizona and faculty instructor for the American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI).  Her focuses is on Indigenous/Hopi language maintenance and reclamation and indigenous language ideologies and epistemologies. She also studies the intersection of language, culture and identity and, indigenous language teacher education. She is co-principal investigator of a multi-university national study, “Indigenous-Language Immersion and Native American Student Achievement” funded by the Spencer Foundation. Her own upcoming research will engage a Hopi community school in a self-study regarding the role of schools in language reclamation efforts.