Language House
Wadatika Neme Yaduan Nobi

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Mission Statement

To preserve, protect, and revitalize the traditional Wadatika Neme Yaduan language and traditional culture among our membership. 




The Wadatika Neme, especially elders, believe that without language we have lost our culture and the essence of who we are.  Language is the most fundamental way that cultural and traditional information is communicated, preserved, and practiced.  Tribal language holds an unbreakable bond with traditional tribal knowledge. 

Wadatika Neme Yaduan Nobi (the Language House) is the stronghold for our language and traditional culture efforts.

The primary goal of the Wadatika Neme Yaduan  Language and Traditional Culture Program is to the serve the community by guiding them to retain and revitalize conversational Wadatika Neme fluency amongst our membership. 


The Wadatika Neme Yaduan Language Traditional Culture Program was re-established in 2014 with the generous financial support of the MICA Group

The MICA group – Multicultural Initiative for Community Advancement

“We are beginning to look more and more to our own people, communities, and history for solutions. We have begun to trust our own thinking again.”– Chief Wilma P. Mankiller, MICA Founder


The Potlatch Fund has supported our efforts by offering both mentorship and funding to complete a community language survey, develop a language and traditional culture program strategic plan. Potlatch Fund continues to support our work as we implement the goals of our strategic plan.

Potlatch Fund | Inspiring Philanthropy in Northwest Indian Country

Potlatch Fund’s Annual Gala A Virtual Evening of Tradition and Culture Potlatch Fund’s Annual Gala provides the opportunity to honor tribal leaders and local tribal initiatives, to share culture through song and dance performances, to support and celebrate Native art and artists, and to assist Potlatch Fund with its fundraising efforts as it undertakes important work throughout Northwest …

The Native Culture Arts & Cultures Foundation

 has supported the implementation of our language lessons for youth as well as helping our Elder Language Expert Group grow.


The Oregon Cultural Trust has provided financial support in the way of matching funds for language and traditional culture grants that support our efforts,


Our tribal language and traditional culture practices are sacred to us and despite many historic to contemporary hardships, we are determined to maintain our traditional knowledge and values. We appreciate the invaluable support of our program partners in helping us keep up these positive efforts for our community.  We have come a long way but we still have far to go and with one another’s’ help, we will make the journey successfully!

If you are considering supporting our language and traditional culture efforts through contribution of a tax-deductible donation, please contact Culture & heritage Director, Diane L. Teeman, 541-413-1190, or simply click on the icon below. Pisa u! (thank you!).

TitleJob TitleEmailPhoneCell Phone
Diane TeemanCultural and Heritage Directordlteeman.burns.paiute@gmail.com541-573-8096541-413-1190
Lindsey DickLanguage CoordinatorLindsey.Dick@burnspaiute-nsn.gov541-573-8097
Thierry VeyriéLanguage and Traditional Culture ManagerThierry.Veyrie@burnspaiute-nsn.gov541-573-8098

Contact Info

71208 Foley Road

Burns, OR 97720

Phone: (541) 573-8008

Fax: (541) 573-7806