September 4, 2018
Witnesses at the Senate committee hearing on preserving tribal languages included academics and tribal and government official. From left: Jeannie Hovland, Lauren Hummingbird, Christine Sims, Jessie Little Doe Baird and Namaka Rawlins. (Photo/Vandana Ravikumar, Cronkite News)
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he government must help reverse generations of federally backed assimilation programs that left Native Americans “robbed of the ability to speak our own language,” advocates told a Senate panel Aug. 22.