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Ozarks at Large Stories

Cherokee Tribes Say Native Language is in State of Emergency

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The seal of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

The three federally recognized tribes of Cherokee people have declared a State of Emergency for the Cherokee language. According to a recent count, of 400,000 Cherokees, about 2,100 are fluent Cherokee speakers. The emergency resolution acknowledges the language is endangered and revitalization programs have to be enhanced to prevent its extinction.

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