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New Mexico Pueblo Works to Save Keres Language

With fewer than 100 speakers remaining, the Acoma Keres language is on the verge of extinction. Few young people under the age of 40 have learned the language. If no action is taken, the Native American Pueblo of Acoma stands to lose a fundamental part of its heritage, an Acoma educator said. Acoma’s Department of Education and the Language Conservancy have created an Acoma Language Recovery Plan to restore the Keres language and preserve the pueblo’s legacy for future generations.

In this May 11, 2017 photo, linguist Willem de Reuse uses a phonetic alphabet to record Acoma words at the Acoma Learning Center in Acoma in Acoma, N.M. With fewer than 100 speakers remaining, the Acoma Keres language is on the verge of extinction. (Cable Hoover/Gallup Independent via AP)

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The article was originally published in the Gallup Independent, syndicated via UPI and reprinted in the San Francisco Gate, Sante Fe New Mexican, Albuquerque Journal, and other newspapers nationwide.