Native Village Youth and Education News
April 1, 2009 Issue 196 Volume 2
Native Languages Project Wins Award
Stein's interactive project recommended
several steps including:
Stein's series appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal in June, 2008. In September, Wisconsin's state school superintendent proposed that the state revive a discontinued state program for American Indian languages.
Ho-Chunk educator Andrew Thudercloud supports Stein's work. "There's a story that we have that we were given this language by God, and as such, this language is considered to be sacred," he said. "And I was told in this story that when our language is gone, the world will end.
"We see that our language is disappearing. Our beliefs are disappearing ... if we do not keep our language, we're going to exist as Ho-Chunks in name only."\
Tribal leaders, linguists and state officials offer suggestions to help save Wisconsin's native languages.
Start or expand more "immersion"
schools that teach tribal students mostly in
their traditional languages.
School districts near reservations should
consider helping tribes start immersion
Down to a Whisper
www.reznetnews.org/article/native-languages-project-wins-award-30420 - 24k - http://www.madison.com/wsj/spe/language/289030
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