Plains Apache is a critically endangered language spoken by the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma. In 2008, the tribe, along with University of Oklahoma linguist Sean O’Neill, received an NEH Documenting Endangered Languages grant to develop new resources for language revitalization–an urgent need, as Plains Apache’s last fluent speaker died during the grant period. This project illustrates how vital NEH support is to language preservation, as tribes and their partners rush to collect and preserve their languages before they are lost.
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