While some may say that native languages are doomed to extinction because of

While some may say that native languages are doomed

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languages are doomed to extinction because of the difficult past of many Native American tribes and because of the dominance English has in the US culture, many Native students, teachers, and tribes are working diligently to ensure the opposite. In fact, there are increasingly more and more native language revitalization programs being created every year. Ultimately, whether a tribe is
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as big as the Yurok or as small as the Arapahoe, no tribes are free from the risk that their Native language could be lost, but the terrible things done to Native nations by the U.S. does not have to dictate the culture of Native peoples. Rather Tribes have their own opportunities and responsibilities to keep the culture, heritage, and language alive within their tribe. Be it by Native speaking schools, Native Language Resources, or community Native language programs, tribes can combat the loss of culture in previous and modern times by investing time into the learning of their Native language, and Tribal members can learn more about their own heritage, culture, and way of life in the process. Works Cited:Abad, Lisette. 2013. “How Archie Thompson Saved the Yurok Language.” Indian Country: Today Media Network. <-archie-thompson-saved-yurok-language-150910>. (4thDec. 2013).The Arapaho Project (i). No Date. “The Arapaho Language.”
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<project/language/index.htm>. (4thDec. 2013).The Arapahoe Project (ii). No Date. “History of the Northern Arapahoe Tribe.” <>. (4thDec. 2013).Central Intelligence Agency. 2008. “Navajo Code Talkers and the Unbreakable Code.” <-archive/navajo-code-talkers/>. (3rdDec. 2013).Cultural Survival. 2013. “Endangered Languages: Revitalizing Native American Languages”. <>. (4thDec. 2013).Frosch, Dan. 2008. “Its Native Tongue Facing Extinction, Arapaho Tribe Teaches the Young.” The New York Times.< ?pagewanted=all&_r=1&>. (3rdDec. 2013).Iroquois Museum. No Date. “Native American Languages.” <m.org /ve15.htm>. (4thDec. 2013). Kelly, Nataly. 2013. “Yurok, Endlings, and a Story of Hope.” Smartling, INC.<>. (3rdDec. 2013).Mendosa, David. 2005. “Inuit Words for Snow.” Mendosa.com. <>. (5thDec. 2013).Moskowitz, Clara. 2012. “Native Americans Fight to Save Endangered Languages.” Live
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Science.<-aaas.html>/. (2ndDec. 2013).The Piegan Institute. No Date. “Native American Languages Act.” <. org/languageact.html>. (4thDec. 2013.*White, Frederick. 2006. “Rethinking Native American Language Revitalization”. Muse:The American Indian Quarterly. < .html>. (3rdDec. 2013).Yurok Language Project. No Date. “The Yurok language.” <>. (4thDec. 2013)
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  • Spring '19
  • Native Americans in the United States, Indigenous peoples of the Americas, Indigenous languages of the Americas, Yurok, Yurok Language

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