TRUE-BIZ ASL Interpreting Services

Protocol For Sign Language Interpreters Working in Native Setting

WHAT: Protocol For Sign Language Interpreters Working in Native Setting

WHEN: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 2pm to 4pm EST / 11am to 1pm PST

WHO: All are welcome. Prior knowledge of topic: little/none

WHERE: Online Zoom (link will be emailed 24 hours prior to the workshop)

CEUs: 0.2 in Power, Privilege, and Oppression (PPO)

COST: $30 with CEUs/ACETs or $20 without

Workshop Description

This in-depth workshop will focus on Native American cultural and social norms, using the proper protocol to interact and interpret for this community.


Educational Objectives

Participants will:

1) Participants will recognize the accurate procedural approach in Interpreter’s positionality.
2) Participants will understand the meaning of “know your place,” to determine what interpreter assignments.
3) Participants will learn about time, space and silence.
4) Participants will study placement for interpreters to position themselves in Indigenous settings.


Presenter Biography

Dr. Melanie McKay-Cody is a Cherokee Deaf and earned her doctoral degree in linguistic and socio-cultural anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. She has studied critically-endangered Indigenous Sign Languages in North America since 1994 and helps different tribes preserve their tribal signs. She also specialized in Indigenous Deaf studies and interpreter training incorporating Native culture, North American Indian Sign Language and ASL. She is also an educator and advocate for Indigenous interpreters and students in educational settings. Besides, North American Indian Sign Language research, she had taught ASL classes in several universities for over 30 years. She is one of eight founders of Turtle Island Hand Talk, a new group focused on Indigenous Deaf/Hard of Hearing/DeafBlind and Hearing people.


All workshops for TRUE-BIZ ASL are presented in ASL.  This workshop is in conformance with local, state, provincial, and federal statutes regarding disabilities.  Activities and facilities shall be accessible to all individuals.  For accommodations and inquiries, e-mail us at: truebizasl (at)

Refund Policy
NO refunds will be given unless the presenters and/or TRUE-BIZ ASL cancels the workshop.