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Cow Creek Tribe works to restore once-extinct language

The Takelma language, once spoken by the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians and others, went extinct in Southwestern Oregon by 1940. Now, tribal members are in the process of restoring it.


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The challenges indigenous interpreters face in Oregon

Oregon now requires health care providers to work with OHA-certified interpreters in order for patients to have accessible, accurate translations, after a bill passed in the Legislature last year. But advocates say this new system has excluded Indigenous speakers.




A new language has been born in the Northwest

The DeafBlind Institute at Western Oregon University recently received $2.1 million to help train interpreters in Protactile, a language created by DeafBlind people.




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