Victoria Carlson

Program Coordinator

707.482.1350 ext. 1337


Barbara McQuillen,
Assistant Program Coor.
707.482.1350 ext. 1332

Brittany Vigil-Burbank,
Language Specialist IV
707.482.1350 ext.1333

Yurok Tribe
Klamath Office
190 Klamath Blvd
PO Box 1027
Klamath, CA 95548








The Mission of the Language Program

Our mission is to implement a program designed to restore the Yurok Language to the status of a living, flourishing language with speakers of all levels.

Language Program Narrative Video


Current Project

Kee Laa-yo-lue-mehl Scholarship

They will teach.


Project Goal:  Develop ten (10) dually credentialed, Yurok language teachers who will earn their American Indian Languages Credentials alongside their California State Teacher Credentials in order to teach Yurok, and other subjects, at the early childhood, multi- or single-subject, and/or collegiate levels.


Yurok Language Survival School and Restoration Project

Last year we applied for the three-year Esther Martinez Grant, and we were very fortunate to have been awarded the grant!

We also hired three new staff members! The Klamath site has welcomed Victoria Carlson as a Language Specialist II and the Weitchpec Elementary Yurok Magnet School will have two immersion teachers: Annelia Hillman and Chelsea Reed.

Project Goal:  Develop and implement a ½ day, cross-curricular Yurok immersion pilot program at the Weitchpec Elementary School Yurok Magnet Program on the Yurok Reservation.  Further, to develop the teachers and curriculum necessary to implement core subject immersion programs at the elementary schools that serve the Yurok Reservation.

Yurok Language Community Class Schedule

*All community language classes are currently on hold to allow families to attend summer ceremonies*



Klamath (staff)



News Publications on Yurok Language Revitalization

"Where Are Your Keys?"
Language Immersion Video

The LA Times wrote an excellent article about our language revitalization efforts.


News article by The Press Enterprise


News article by The Two Rivers Tribune

Georgiana Trull's Conversation Book


UC Berkeley - Yurok Language Project

The Yurok Language Project combines fieldwork with Yurok elders (recording texts, words, and grammatical information) and philological analysis of earlier fieldnotes and recordings. We bring new and older work on Yurok together into a single digital archive, incorporating material from as early as 1850 to the present day.




Yurok Language Project


Yurok Teacher Institute

Phrases of the Month

Class Projects

Health continuum/modified kirkeby

Berkeley Language Site


Yurok Language Audio

Yurok Dictionary

Other Resources

Yurok Alphabet, Berkeley writing system

New Alphabet adopted by the Yurok Tribe

[AC]quisition [O]f [R]estored [N]ative [S]peech - ACORNS

The purpose of this website is to support language revitalization efforts of Native American tribes. The Acorn is sacred to the tribes of Northern California and Southern Oregon. The name ACORNS is in honor of these tribes who helped spawn this effort. ACORNS is open source and can be freely used for non-commercial purposes. Acorns software works on all computer platforms


Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival
The Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival is an organization devoted to implementing and supporting the revitalization of indigenous California languages. Its mission is to assist California Indians in language maintenance and renewal. The Advocates mission is to make their efforts successful. It is the dream of the Advocates that California Indian languages will once again be spoken in native communities.