Sunday, September 26News That Matters

A fifth of the world’s languages will be dormant or dead by the end of the century

This North American language has less than 10 native speakers

The Potawatomi people, spanning the Great Plains, upper Mississippi River and western Great Lakes region, still carry their ancestors’ suffering. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 expelled the Potawatomi from their homelands, forcing them to march from northern Indiana to a reserve in what is now Kansas.

Because of such removal processes, there are now seven unique bands of Potawatomi people across five US states, including several in Canada. Potawatomi people were forced, like other Native groups, to attend brutal assimilation boarding schools.