Tunica-Biloxi Tribe Adds New Talent to Language and Cultural Revitalization Program

Dr. Rebecca Moore’s addition to the LCRP will aid in the revitalization of the Tunica language

Marksville, LA. – (Mar. xx, 2022) The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana’s Language and Cultural Revitalization Program (LCRP) is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Rebecca Moore as a linguist to their department. Dr. Moore comes to the team with a wealth of knowledge and experience in linguistics and education.

“I am honored to be part of such a unique and impactful organization with such an important mission,” said Dr. Moore, “I look forward to contributing to and expanding accessibility within the tribal community to the Tunica language as we continue efforts to reinvigorate the use of this historic spoken word.”

Dr. Moore recently graduated from Tulane University’s Linguistics Doctoral Program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loyola University and her master’s degree in Linguistics from Tulane as well. In her professional career, Dr. Moore has held various educator positions in the linguistics program at Tulane, ranging from teaching assistant to the adjunct lecturer. She also assisted as a linguistic co-teacher with Dr. Judith Maxwell, teaching fundamental topics in linguistics of the Tunica language.

Dr. Moore’s goals while working for the LCRP are to advance the team’s proficiency in the Tunica language while also facilitating a successful Tunica language teaching curriculum for the Tunica-Biloxi community.

Apart from her duties as a linguist, Dr. Moore will be responsible for Tunica language resource development, lesson planning, teaching, and activity development that promotes the learning of the Tunica-Biloxi language and culture for students in the program. She is also responsible for overseeing the development of published works on the Tunica language, assisting in the planning of language workshops and training programs, and coordinating the integration of the Tunica language with other tribal community programs.

“This position comes with many unique challenges and opportunities,” said John Barbry, the Director of Development and Programming for the LCRP and the Education Department for the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana. “We are confident that the experience and expertise that Dr. Moore brings with her will aid her in her duties with the LCRP.”

Originally from Maryland, Dr. Moore spent the past 10 years in New Orleans working to earn degrees in linguistics and psychology. Her academic and professional interests include studying and working to help maintain indigenous languages of the Americas, specifically the Kaqchikel language, one of many Mayan languages spoken in Guatemala, and the Tunica language of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana.

To learn more about the Language and Culture Revitalization Program, visit https://www.tunicabiloxi.org/tribal-info/departments/language-culture-revitalization-program/.