[lg policy] Navajo language suppressed

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 9 00:58:45 UTC 2009

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Gallup Independent

Rights panel: Navajo language suppressed

Suppression of speaking the Navajo language was common in the 1950s
and 1960s when Navajo children were shipped off to boarding schools.
Parts of the language used by Navajo Code Talkers during World War II
was declared "classified information" and not declassified until 1969.

Yet in 2009, despite immersion programs, speaking the Navajo language
is discouraged in classroom instruction, Cuba Independent School
District teacher Novalene Meyers told the Navajo Nation Human Rights
Commission during a recent public hearing.

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