There are 74 Native languages in North America that are critically endangered, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. That means only elders speak the language and even then they do so infrequently. Those trying to revive their languages are racing against time. We’ll look at revitalization efforts from tribes on the edge of losing their language forever. Does your family speak your language?
Valerian Three Irons (Mandan, Hidatsa and Crow) – Native American Studies instructor for Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College and a retired faculty member from South Dakota State University
Curtis Zunigha (Delaware Tribe of Indians) – former chief of the Delaware Tribe of Indians and he’s a student in the tribe’s language and culture
Break Music: She’s an Elder (song) Joanne Shenandoah (artist) LifeGivers (album)