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Media: Loss of Native American Languages and Cultures

Submitter: Paul Chapin

Submitter Email: pgchapin@earthlink.net
Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics

Media Body: An essay by author David Treuer, Ojibwe, expressing his feelings about the
loss of Native American languages and cultures, appeared in the Washington
Post on Sunday, April 6.

Issue Number: 19.1260
Date Posted: April 10, 2008

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