12/11/08 - Teaching Indian languages preserves heritage, too


This classroom at first sounds like any other, as fourth- and fifth- graders belt out the Pledge of Allegiance. But then they slip seamlessly into Lushootseed, one of Washington state's native languages.

The kids want to show off what they have learned. Many have been getting 40 minutes of Lushootseed instruction a day at Tulalip Elementary, a public school in Snohomish County.