Valencia Edgewater
Diné Studies Coordinator

Caretaker Resources for Remote Learning

Diné Language Assessment


Welcome to the Pinon USD Diné Studies site.  We encourage you caretakers to view the Caretakers Resource page for resources to encourage Diné language use in the homes. Please visit this page periodically for the latest tips and updates in language learning.  

Clear Goals to Reclaim our Languages:

  • Nizaad bee yáníłti’ - Speak your language

  • T’áá ́ákwííjį́ nizaad chiiníł’į́ - Use the language daily

  • Nooséłí nizaad bee bich’į́’ yáníłti’ - Raise our children in the languages

  • Nihizaad bee yádeelti’go éiyá nihinaagǫ́ǫ́ nihizaad bee yá’áti’doo- Create a language community

Simple Rules to Follow - both Speakers and Learners

  • No criticizing about pronunciation, correctness, dialects

  • Encourage each other; don't let criticism stop you from learning.

  • Learn to speak and communicate - learn ABOUT the Language later.

  • Remind Speakers to use and stay in the Language.

Indigenous Language Institute


Dine Stories and Teaching Nights

Pinon USD Diné Stories and Teachings nights will continue in School Year 2023-2024. We are happy to announce that we are returning to in-person presentations for the first and fourth quarters of the school year. We will have virtual sessions starting November 2023 to March 2024. The topics will vary throughout the season.

The presentation is scheduled once a month on Thursday evenings from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. This event is sponsored by the Johnson O'Malley Indian Education Committee and Diné Studies Program.

Contact us at (928) 725-2178/2140 or email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Sy23-24 Dine Studies Flyer