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Indian leaders, legislators make effort to preserve languages

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ST. PAUL -- American Indian leaders fear their native languages are being lost, calling the situation a crisis.

"When a person passes away, it is like a whole dictionary that is gone," Lillian Rice told a Minnesota House committee.

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A Native American's language, she added, "is the very sense of who we are. ... Without that, we are lost."

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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