This article is about why we should honor and preserve Native American culture. It explained how they were the first people in America and the English settlers forced their culture onto them. The English came in 1607 but by the 19th Century most tribes had been put in reservations. Many native children were taken to schools where they were required to speak only in English. this was used as part of a program to get Native Americans into the white culture. Native American languages were mainly dead or dying.
This article is about ways people are trying to help protect the native languages. The NARF (Native American Rights Fund) has been trying to help tribes all over the country.
This article talked about how vital the preservation of native languages are to keeping the culture alive. According to the article "American Indian and Alaska Native peoples have a substantial interest in protecting, accessing, and controlling their cultural resources. These resources may include not only land and objects but also traditions, languages, and symbols. Access to and usage of these cultural resources, as well as public awareness and understanding of Native cultural practices and traditions, are integral to the preservation of Native lifeways and the unique contribution they make to our nation."
This article talked about how keeping the Native American art and dance aspects of the culture is important but "language is like water for their roots." This would be a great community investment because of the amount of information we can learn about the culture.
This article is about how Oklahoma has 39 native tribes and how their languages are being preserved. They keep them through songs and the tribes perform bi-weekly performances.