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Gordon Lester Bussell Indian name is Kigiwh ch, 2006

I work for Owens Valley Career Development Center a tribal consordium. working with revitaization of native languages. I give training on methodogy on both teaching and learning Native Languages. I have been working with up to 8 languages at once under ANA until Sept 2011. presently OVCDC services Paiute (3 dialects), Mono (2 dialects), Wukchumni and Yolumni, Tabatalabal, Kitamuk and Yaqui. I speak a Dene language daily, mostly Hupa and work with Mattole, Wailaki, Bear River, Redwood Creek and Tsenungxwe. I am a Hupa and Mattole Indian and member of the Yurok Tribe. I had 50 or more native teachers of Hupa for a beginning to this knowledge, starting with my Grandfather Clem I. Bussell Sr. and guided by my father Oswald N. Bussell. I used to teach Hupa on the Hoopa Reservation but now work with tribes here (Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Kern Counties) and even present on language methods, at conferences at times (CA Indian Ed. Confer. at H.S.U. most recent presentation). I have worked with a number of linguists over the years as a student and speaker, most notable is Victor Golla at H.S.U.

Marlette Grant-Jackson, 2001

While attending HSU I was a student assistant for the ITEP Program.  After Graduation I was lucky enough to get a full time job at ITEPP as the Curriculum Resource Coordinator and now after ten years I am the Resource Coordinator and the Student Advisor for the Program.