(CNSNews.com) – The federal government’s latest tab for the “preservation and maintenance” of Native American languages is $13,242,720 for 2011, according to the agency’s online database and confirmed by Kenneth Wolfe, deputy director of public affairs for the program.
According to laws passed by Congress, Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Family through the Administration for Native Americans awards grants to Native American groups around the country. Those groups eligible for the grant funding include American Indians, Native Americans.
“ANA believes language revitalization and continuation are two of the first steps taken in preserving and strengthening a community’s culture,” the ANA explanation states on its web site. “Use of native language builds identity and encourages communities to move toward social unity and self-sufficiency.”