MaryLee Longhair grew up speaking Ute on the Ute Reservation of northeastern Utah. A Ute woman, Longhair didn’t start speaking English until she entered grade school. “It was real difficult,” she said. “I cried sometimes.” But she learned English. And when she had her own family — seven children, now all grown — she taught them to speak English. She regrets the fact she didn’t also teach them to speak their native Ute language.