Saturday, October 18, 2008

Arapaho revitalization

Its Native Tongue Facing Extinction, Arapaho Tribe Teaches the Young
The New York Times
October 16, 2008

"[O]nly about 200 Arapaho speakers are still alive, and tribal leaders at Wind River, Wyoming’s only Indian reservation, fear their language will not survive. As part of an intensifying effort to save that language, this tribe of 8,791, known as the Northern Arapaho, recently opened a new school where students will be taught in Arapaho. Elders and educators say they hope it will create a new generation of native speakers.


"Studies show that language fluency among young Indians is tied to overall academic achievement, and experts say such learning can have other positive effects."

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