The Absence of Native American Languages

Without question, the United States of America is highly multicultural as a country, due to having drawn so many people from all parts of the world to live and work within its shores. But one cannot forget about the many Native American languages spoken by the original inhabitants of this area. Many Native American tribes are emphasizing that their children learn their original languages, lest they should be lost after centuries of persecution and imposed assimilation. This being said, it is worth noting that no Native American language actually makes it to the list of the top 25 spoken within the United States. The Navajo language, which is the most widely spoken Native American language in the US today, has only roughly 170,000 speakers, with Hebrew just making it to the 25th spot on the list with close to 213,000 speakers. The state of the preservation and growth of Native American languages is still a major issue within the US.

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