Origins

  1. https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/07/29/fascinating-portraits-chiefs-leaders-sioux-native-american-tribe-3/

    Who Are The Sioux And Why Are They Losing Their Language?

    Dictionary.com’s United States of Diversity series by Taneesh Khera In 2019, the United Nations is raising awareness about the alarming loss of many of the world’s languages through its International Year of Indigenous Languages. In honor of that initiative, we are shining the spotlight on the languages of the Sioux, and the growing movement to preserve and reinvigorate these rich but endangered tongues. Where did …

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