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There is clearly a coalition between higher education institutions (universities and colleges), communities, and public institutions (state and social organizations). While universities provide more general knowledge and tools (e.g., linguistics and ethnography), and state organizations provide funding for community-based projects, it is the community itself that sets the goal and comes up with local teachers and language promoters. The symposium allowed us to compare and contrast the issues and challenges of Native American projects in the context of North America with the issues and challenges facing indigenous and minority language communities in Southeast Asia.