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Commerce Department announces funding for revitalization of tribal languages

Chippewa Cree, Fort Beknap Indian Community each receiving $89K


January 15, 2020

HELENA — The Montana Department of Commerce today awarded a total of $712,500 through the Montana Indian Language Program to the eight tribal governments in Montana to support language revitalization efforts.

The Montana Indian Language Program works to protect American Indian cultural integrity by recognizing that languages spoken, written, or in the form of sign language are vital to the identities of tribal nations and the state. Funding for the program comes from the state’s main budget bill, House Bill 2, which the 2019 Montana Legislature passed last year.

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