Out of the hundreds of languages that were once spoken in North America, there are only a handful of them left – and even fewer speakers. However, there is a growing interest among many Native Americans to learn their language. You could take a class or use an online program, but learning a language is challenging. Have you started to learn your Native language as an adult? What challenges did you face? Can our elders, fluent speakers and tribal leaders make it easier for us to learn our languages?
Vance Home Gun (Salish) – past language coordinator for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
Chelsea Jocko (Onedia) – currently learning the Oneida language
Ginger Rogers (Hupa) – Director of the NDN Center
George Coser (Muscogee Creek) – fluent speaker of the Muskogee language