SOURCE: Rezilio, LLC

December 04, 2007 06:00 ET

"Every 14 Days a Language Dies." IKLC and Game for Charity Launch Online Casual Game Tournament to Revitalize a Native American Language

The Iiwas Katrutsini Learning Center in New Mexico Launches Online Gaming Tournament to Raise $50,000 and Giveaway Over $10,000 in Prizes

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - December 4, 2007) - "Every 14 days a language dies" reports the National Geographic Enduring Voices project. In the United States' Pacific Northwest and Southwest regions, the danger of language extinction ranges from high to severe. That startling fact is why the Iiwas Katrutsini Learning Center (IKLC), a non-profit based in New Mexico, is launching a unique online fundraiser. This event will provide monies to help the Cochiti and Santo Domingo Pueblo Indians build a school for the preservation of their indigenous language. To participate in the event:

1) Go to
2) Donate $15 and receive three game play opportunities -- all
   donations are tax-deductible and 100 percent of proceeds go
   to the non-profit IKLC
3) Play a five-minute puzzle game and potentially win over $5,000
   in prizes now through December 28, 2007

"We are partnering with Game for Charity to raise funds to build a learning center that teaches the children their native language," says Dr. Lily-Wong Fillmore, a specialist on the revitalization of Indigenous Languages and retired professor from Cal Berkeley. "The Keres language is in jeopardy of being lost forever and along with it the cultural identity of the Pueblo Indians."

According to the National Geographic Mission Program's Enduring Voices project, nearly 80 percent of the world's population speaks only one percent of its languages. When the last speaker of a language dies, the world loses the knowledge that was contained in that language. "It is a pleasure and honor to be helping revitalize the Keres language," says Andrew Wells, CEO and co-founder of Game for Charity. Online giving is a small percentage of the $223 billion given by Americans to charitable organizations last year and it's growing by 51 percent a year, according to the ePhilanthropy Foundation. "We are providing innovative charitable organizations with the tools to marry the hyper-growth of online charitable giving with the most popular activity on the web, online games. More than one-third, or 34 percent of Internet users in the U.S. play games on the Internet at least once per week, according to Parks Associates a research & analysis firm."

Game for Charity's patent-pending method and technology allows not-for-profit organizations the ability to utilize casual games in a skilled tournament fashion over the Internet as an incentive to donors.

About Rezilio:

Rezilio products and services include: not-for-profit through Game for Charity, consumer gaming portals Playzi, and skilled gaming technology and casual game development through the corporate office of Rezilio

About Iiwas Katrutsini Learning Center:

The mission of the Iiwas Katrutsini Learning Center (IKLC), a non-profit 501c based in New Mexico, is to create a linguistically and culturally rich learning environment that supports the fundamental principles and values of native life that are essential in the socialization of Cochiti and Kewa Pueblo children. The IKLC will provide a quality preschool program for children, ages 3-6 years, through teaching methods that encompass both Native language immersion and holistic approaches to learning and are supported through the Montessori Method. The Learning Center is committed to providing an environment in which children hear their tribal heritage language spoken throughout all Center activities, learn through culturally appropriate ways which reflect traditional cultural practices, as well as being prepared for future schooling. For more visit Keres.

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