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Is Native American language taught in school in USA?

I haven't heard much of Native American language being taught in school.
It would be nice to teach Native American language in school. I think at least the teaching of basics of the language should be mandatory. I don't know it seems like important in some ways.

  • Aug 29 2013: I would like to point out a few things.
    1) Bryan Maloney hit the nail on the head with his comment. Contrary to what many people believe, Native Americans are not one in the same. To say they were would be like saying all Caucasians are Irish. That just isn't how it is. Our languages are just as diverse as our peoples.
    2) As far as George Willsons' comment goes, I have to say that that is not true. Within our language (Ojibwe) we have had groups of elders and fluent, First language speakers come together in order to create the words needed to keep up with the need. Amazingly, we now have words for cars, computers, and so forth. Our language is a very descriptive one, so it can and will adapt.
    3) The Languages that Don Anderson speaks of are actually language families, not individual languages. For instance my people are Ojibwe. We speak Ojibwemowin, which is in the Algic family of languages. I would have no clue what someone was saying if they spoke say in Mohican or Cheyenne, though they are both in the Algic language family as well.
    4) As for Linda Taylor's comment, it is only partially true. While in most cases tribal schools are the only ones that teach the languages, there are some exceptions .For example: Wisconsin “Act 31” refers to the requirement that all Wisconsin public school districts provide instruction in the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of the eleven federally-recognized American Indian tribes and bands in the state. Being that culture and language are closely related for us, you will find that Ojibwe language classes are offered in some public, non tribal schools.
    5) Most importantly, we don't necessarily want to teach everyone our languages. That kind of goes hand in hand with the issue of cultural appropriation. Our Languages and cultures are ours. We tend to be a little selfish when it comes to things like that. :)
    I hope these things shed a little light on your questions. Miigwech!
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    Aug 15 2013: No Native American language is not taught in schools unless you are enrolled in a specific tribal school. Many speakers of the languages are gone and some tribes struggle to keep a record of the original language as no one speaks it fluently anymore. Some languages are just dead.

    I hope the archival efforts of the tribes that seek to keep their languages works.
  • Aug 29 2013: If you're going to go ahead and teach everyone a foreign language, it makes a fair bit more practical sense to teach them a language in common use.
    Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, etc...

    Those can be used to communicate with people in the world at large. Much more effective than one of the native American languages, or a dead language like Latin.

    Teaching language should be about communication, not attempting to preserve something already half-gone from the world and of little practical value.
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    Aug 28 2013: Look,all around the world,minor languages are dying,they just can not adapt to the new tide,nor do they attract people in any sense.This is simply history nature,like the extinction of Latin language,it is inevitable.
  • Aug 15 2013: WHICH "Native American language"? There are more than 250 Native American languages that are or were spoken in the territory of the modern USA, alone. They are in several language families and are not interchangeable. So, WHICH language is to be taught?
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    Aug 15 2013: Linda is correct and I add the same is likely true in Canada, Mexico and other South America countries, Australia, and other countries.

    Plus there are several Native American languages, with Algic, Iroquoian, Muskogean, Siouan, Uto-Aztecan, Athabaskan, Salishan, Eskimo-Aleut, Mayan being the most common. So even though it would be respectful to learn them all, it is simple not possible.