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Feb 17, 2013 3:25 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Tribes campaign to save Native American languages

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - The Luiseño language is back from the brink of extinction, thanks to the efforts of tribal leaders on the Pechanga Indian reservation in Southern California.

The Riverside Press Enterprise (http://bit.ly/YlLnnY ) reports the tribe recently began funding a graduate-level Cal State San Bernardino Luiseño class, one of the few for-credit university indigenous-language courses in the country. And at a Pechanga-run school on the reservation, children speak Luiseño every day.

The newspaper says Luiseño is just one of several Native American languages enjoying a comeback. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has hired three professional linguists to help preserve and expand use of the Serrano language. A school run by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians includes classes in Serrano and Cahuilla.

A Calif. based media company has developed indigenous-language video games, storybooks and electronic flashcards.

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Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com

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