10/20/08 - Arapaho Tribe Fights to Save Its Dying Language


The Northern Arapaho tribe are fighting to save their unique language from extinction by opening a school where children will be taught the native tongue, reports The New York Times. Out of almost 9,000 tribe members, only 200 can speak Arapaho fluently, the legacy of a campaign to "Americanize" American Indian children in the early part of the 20th century. Of those 200, none are under 55 years old.