Dear UNESCO, I believe we should help with preserving Native American Culture like it's language. These Native American cultures are apart of american history and we should not let it become extinct. They as well should not be forcing kids to go to boarding schools and assimilate. Kids should be able to know their culture and continue to pass it on through their family generations. Organizations are finding ways to help prevent extinction, but with UNESCO's help with funding and awareness it could save the culture from disappearing.
Language extinction is becoming a common trend and Native American language's like Siletz Dee-ni are fighting against it. They have started teaching their language two times a week for the school kids to continue expanding. But by doing this language extinction is still a probability, so a linguist at Swarthmore College worked with Alfred "Bud" Lane (the only fluent speaker) to make an online talking dictionary, that contained over 14,000 words of the language.
A lot of government policies force children to abandon their native language and assimilate, the Native American Head Start preschools throughout California is introducing kids to their native languages to help connect them to their cultural history. Ongoing efforts to preserve native languages is what gave the idea to teach young students about their culture. In these bilingual schools, students will learn their basics in both languages instead of just English.
In this article it states that senators have introduced a bill to preserve Native American Languages, help strengthen their culture, and education. Native American languages are an important part of American Indian history and culture and unfortunately throughout decades native languages can become extinct. Our nation's first people have dealt with various policies and reformations trying to terminate the native languages. But on contrary Alaska Natives have been able to preserve almost two dozen indigenous languages.
The Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages partnered with the National Geographic society to form the Enduring Voices Project, this project is to preserve endangered languages. Most Native American want to preserve their languages, so their culture can grow and continue through other generations. It is good to document disappearing languages, because if the language goes extinct then you'll be able to revisit it with recorded materials. The languages can be preserved by being taught in a school course , ex. The Cherokee in Oklahoma have shown success by generating new speakers with their immersion school.
In the article the author states that in Oklahoma 39 active Native American tribes are working to "preserve, revitalize, and continue" with their culture. Culture is very important to preserve for these tribes ,“It completely identifies who we are, it brings us together,” Lauren Noriega said. “That unification allows us to be more involved in our communities.” Though the culture isn't thriving as much as they used to before because some Americans are assimilating Native Americans. Ex. when kids are in school they bully them until they stop speaking their traditional Native American language.