What some tribes in Michigan are doing to stop their native language from going extinct

Anishinaabemowin is the language that was spoken by tribes in Michigan for millennia, and it’s near extinction in the state.

Many Michigan tribes don’t have any fluent speakers left, while those that do are only reporting between one to three fluent speaking elders.

Michigan tribes are doing what they can to bring the language back.

Some are doing language immersion weekends.

Some are creating programs to learn Anishinaabemowin online.

A lot of tribes are teaching community language classes, or bringing it to the public schools and day care centers.

Read more: Michigan Radio

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