Northern Arapaho Tribe starts immersion school

The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming has started a language immersion school to keep the Arapaho language alive.

The Northern Arapaho Council of Elders says there are only 225 to 235 fluent speakers alive. Most of them are over the age of 60.

The tribe already runs a language immersion preschool. But once students leave the school, they are taught in English.

So the tribe is starting the Arapaho Immersion Grade School. Set to open in August, the school will all standard elementary school subjects in Arapaho, though English will be taught in English.

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