(from the ILAT Listserv)
by Tim McGonigal
Project aims to preserve Native American languages in Montana
FORT BELKNAP — A major effort is underway to record Native American languages in Montana so they won’t vanish completely.
Statistics show that out of about 6,000 residents of Montana’s Native communities, there may be 5% or fewer actual speakers of traditional tribal languages.
A recent grant from the Montana Legislature resulted in a two-year pilot program for recording and archiving these endangered languages.
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