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Summit to preserve American native languages held

The annual National Native Language Revitalization Summit was held in Washington D.C. last week. Attended by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, the goal of the summit was to present revitalization success stories of the native languages of America to the members of the US Congress.

With 139 spoken native languages among the nearly 600 tribal nations out of which only 70 are spoken fluently among the elderly. Organized by the National Alliance to Save Native Languages the summit aims to drum up federal support for revitalizing the native languages. There was interaction among the various tribal people sharing their tribal language success stories. A copy of the Samala language dictionary was also presented to the library of Congress during the summit. For more details please visit

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