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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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Advocates urge Senate to help ‘heal this wound’ of native language loss

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.