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Two-year-olds at the Sasiwaans language immersion school in Mt. Pleasant get a lesson in the Native American tradition of smudging. (Emily Fox/Michigan Radio)
Two-year-olds at the Sasiwaans language immersion school in Mt. Pleasant get a lesson in the Native American tradition of smudging. (Emily Fox/Michigan Radio)
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The language that was spoken by Native American tribes in Michigan is nearing extinction in the state. Some communities have no fluent speakers; others have one or two elders who still speak fluently.

But as Emily Fox of Here & Now contributor Michigan Radio reports, there are efforts to prevent the language - Anishinaabemowin - from going extinct, including an immersion school for young children.

Support for arts and cultural reporting on Michigan Radio comes in part from a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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  • Emily Fox, producer and host for Michigan Radio’s Morning Edition and reporter for Stateside. She tweets @foxontheradio.

This segment aired on October 12, 2015.

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