Wesley Y. Leonard

Wesley Y. Leonard is a citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and an assistant professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Supported by a PhD in Linguistics and experience in community language programs, he researches Native American language reclamation and works to build capacity for Native American language communities in ways that support tribal sovereignty and survivance. A collaborative project that he cochairs, Natives4Linguistics, promotes Indigenous needs and intellectual tools as ways of doing linguistic science. His work has appeared in journals such as the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Gender and Language, Language Documentation & Conservation, and Language Documentation and Description.

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