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  •  No it's not. (3+ / 0-)

    The endangered species are presumably being killed by forces outside themselves. In the examples cited above, native speakers are not teaching the language to their children.  How do you propose to make them do it?

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    by Kevvboy on Sun Aug 01, 2010 at 03:37:45 PM PDT

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    •  Quite correct, all American Indians are not (4+ / 0-)

      teaching their children their language.

      She nourishes us; that which we put into the ground she returns to us. Big Thunder

      by Winter Rabbit on Sun Aug 01, 2010 at 03:44:09 PM PDT

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    •  Like many issues, there are complexities to this (9+ / 0-)

      There are probably 15 million Americans who have Native American bloodlines. Probably more.

      But the intermarriage, ravaging of homelands and forced assimilation have diluted the cultural markers and heritage.

      And the Native American culture has been killed by forces outside themselves. Genocide is the only term that can be used for the decimation of the Native Americans.

      When you have hundreds of years of forced assimilation where native language and custom is not only forbidden, but severely punished... that culture slowly is ground down.

      Free and equal education is important, but that requires funding that has been either squandered or withheld from the Native American nations.

      <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

      by bronte17 on Sun Aug 01, 2010 at 03:54:59 PM PDT

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