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The people of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation are made of distinct tribes or bands. Three indigenous languages are spoken here. Our languages (nqilxʷcntət) have not been spoken in our homes as first languages for well more than a generation. While only a few first-language speakers remain, that is changing.
Hearts Gathered works to revitalize Okanagan Salish (nsəlxcin) by operating the Waterfall School, a language immersion Montessori school located on the Colville Reservation near Omak, Washington. We serve children ages 2.5 to 12 years old in two classrooms: a Primary Classroom (ages 2.5-6) and an Elementary Classroom (ages 6-12).
The Waterfall School is creating a beautiful new category of speakers -- the emerging speakers. We invite you to explore our site and learn more about what we do and how you can be a part of our work.
We are a non-profit corporation organized for educational and literary purposes- specifically to preserve and promote the use of the Native languages on the Colville Reservation.
An immersion school utilizes a people’s first language to teach students in all subjects.Immersion schools have developed as an alternative to the public school system in the knowledge that the students will have a far richer education when learning in their native language and through a culturally relevant curriculum.
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Hearts Gathered Waterfall School is a gem on the Colville Reservation. It is helping revitalize nsəlxcin by immersing students in nsəlxcin while grounding them in our rich cultural heritage, language and world academia.
The Montessori educational approach is a framework that fits beautifully within our cultural values.
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We are a 501(c)(3) Native nonprofit organization recognized by the IRS. Your contributions are tax deductible.