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Gathering celebrates Oklahoma tribal languages

The Intertribal Wordpath Society held the ninth annual Celebration of Oklahoma Indian Language and Culture on Friday.

Speakers touted the importance of Native languages. Presentations were made in Pawnee, Comanche, Cheyenne, Chickasaw and Kiowa.

Only 24 languages are still spoken in the state, but some are down to a handful of speakers. Thirteen aren't used at all, including two that lost their last speakers in the last decade.

"There are not very many of us left," said Comanche Elton Yellowfish, The Oklahoman reported.

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Gathering celebrates Indian languages (The Oklahoman 10/24)

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