Nation Members participate in intense language courses to ensure the survival of its indigenous language, Onyota’a:ká:, also part of the preschool curriculum at the Oneida Indian Nation Early Learning Center.

Working together to develop the program the Oneida Indian Nation Language program and Madison-Oneida BOCES (MOBOCES) want to ensure the implementation of best practices when teaching the traditional language at the Early Learning Center. Other unique tools created to reach learners of all skill levels include grocery lists and greeting cards in the Oneida language, as well as the language app – Oneida Basic – available for free on iTunes and downloaded more than 700 times.

The Oneida Indian Nation Language Program is located in the former Health Services building on Territory Road, Oneida, NY 13421. Contact (315) 829-8206.

The Oneida YouTube Channel
Oneida Basic App

Oneida eBooks

Oneida eBooks feature correct pronunciation, spelling and visual clues. Choose from the following:

I Am The Two Cats
Face Sandwich At Grandma’s House
Houses Two Songs
On My Farm I Help My Mom and Dad

PLEASE NOTE You must have the proper eBook application installed on your iPad, iPhone or smart phone to open the Oneida Language eBooks.

Oneida Basic App

The Oneida language iPhone and iPad app, titled Oneida Basic, is available for free at the iTunes store. Thornton Media developed the app. “They go to tribes all over the world and try to save and archive their languages,” said Randy Phillips, education assistant manager for the Nation’s Education Department. “They asked us to come up with 500 words and phrases in Oneida for them to incorporate into the app.”

Enhancing the experience are cultural components, including seven songs – three for children and four Haudenosaunee social dance songs.

Oneida Basic App Site
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