Amber Hanson

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Amber Hanson
Posted 11 months ago
Is Native American language taught in school in USA?
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!