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Legislation aims to preserve 148 Native languages

The U.S. House on Monday passed a bill promoting the preservation of Native languages. The Esther Martinez Native American Languages Program Reauthorization Act was designed to help preserve Native languages and combat the predicted extinction within the next 50 to 100 years of the roughly 148 Native languages still spoken. The act extends two federal language grants through 2024, offers longer grant periods and broadens grant eligibility to smaller tribal-language programs.


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