‘Abgo i-wa:pk – Bienvenidos – Welcome

Note: SAIL 2020 has been cancelled

Due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), the SAIL 2020 Planning Committee has decided to cancel the physical events that comprise SAIL 2020 at the University of Arizona.

Our foremost concern is the well-being of SAIL participants. As you know, many SAIL attendees are Native people of the Americas, many of whom are elders and language keepers, and scholars working directly with Native communities. It would be a disservice to put Native communities (and thus the languages SAIL is dedicated to preserving, revitalizing, and documenting) at risk by exposure (directly or indirectly) to this virus.

We will also be working with the University of Arizona to provide full registration reimbursement for those who have registered online (this might take some weeks to process).  

Over the coming weeks, we will explore other ways to disseminate the work scheduled for SAIL 2020 (this includes, securing this year’s presentations for SAIL 2021).

We apologize for any inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding.


SAIL Organizing Committee

The Symposium on American Indian Languages (SAIL) is dedicated to discussion of the documentation& description, language conservation and revitalization of the native languages of the Americas.


SAIL provides a forum for the exchange of scholarly research. It brings together scholars, members of the indigenous communities, native speakers, educators and language activists who are interested in sharing experiences and best practices on topics related to language documentation, conservation and revitalization.

SAIL welcomes the active participation of indigenous communities, native language speakers, and those interested in revitalization and preservation of their heritage languages and cultures.

Land Acknowledgment:

The University of Arizona sits on the original homelands of the Tohono O’odham people who have stewarded this Land since time immemorial.