UPDATE: Congress Considers Native Language Revitalization

 Language revitalization bills head to the floor.

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Bipartisan support for the Native Language Immersion Student Achievement Act (H.R.4214/S.1948) and The Native American Languages Reauthorization Act (H.R.726/S.2299) has led to both bills’ approval in the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.  The bills will now be considered before the full Senate.

“Native Languages are vanishing at an alarming rate, and with them the culture, tradition and knowledge that are so important to the future of Indian Country,” said Senator Jon Tester (MT, S.1948 lead sponsor, S.2299 co-sponsor).  “This bill will not only revitalize Native languages, it will also keep kids in school and lead to greater pride, academic achievement and economic growth in Indian Country.”

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