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Educators seek ways to keep Crow language alive

The Indian Education for All Institute in Montana continued on Tuesday with presentations on the Crow language.

Raphaelle Real Bird, a teacher on the Crow Reservation, said hardly any students speak Crow. That's a big change from 25 years ago, when she said everyone spoke the language.

In hopes of reversing the trend, educators are making a push to use Crow in the classroom as much as possible. Lanny Real Bird, an instructor at Little Bighorn College, has created teaching manual, a set of flash cards and a DVD to teach the Crow language. Coty Good Luck, a language arts teacher at a middle school on the reservation, uses Crow in all her lessons.

The Indian Education for All Institute was held at Montana State University in Billings. It was sponsored by the Little Bighorn College.

Get the Story:
Teachers hope to stir life into Crow language (The Billings Gazette 6/14)

Relevant Links:
Montana Indian Education Association -
Montana Office of Public Instruction -

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