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Native Languages in 'Extreme Danger'

Lance A. Twitchell, an assistant professor of Alaska Native Languages, discusses the importance of preserving Native American languages.
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A recent article appearing on HuffingtonPost.com by Lance A. Twitchell, an assistant professor of Alaska Native Languages for the University of Alaska Southeast, discusses the importance of preserving Native American languages. He says that all Native languages are in "extreme danger" and that some will be gone in the next decade, unless people begin the arduous task of saving them.

"As people of nations and cultures, we need to speak our languages. In order to stop them from dying, we only need to speak them: in our homes, to our children, to each other, on our land. It will redefine who we are, and it will be the single largest act of defiance we can make today towards a past that tried to kill us off. We can redefine ourselves as multilingual and become leaders for the rest of the nation. We can teach ourselves so many things about our ancestors, our children, our land, and ourselves."

Read his full article, titled "America the Multilingual" at HuffingtonPost.com.