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The Global Intercultural Communication Reader, 2e, 2nd Edition by Jing Yin, Yoshitaka Miike, Molefi Kete Asante

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Languages and Tribal Sovereignty

Whose Language Is It Anyway?

Rebecca Blum Martinez

In this chapter, Rebecca Blum Martinez presents an instructive and insightful case study of heritage language education. With the efforts of bilingual teachers, the Talpa School District of Northern New Mexico attempted to establish a Pueblo-English bilingual program based on the model of Spanish–English bilingual programs. However, members of the Pueblo Indian community angrily rejected this idea. Blum Martinez points out that the enthusiastic bilingual teachers and the school district failed to understand the role and sovereignty of the Pueblo language from the perspective of the Pueblo people. She explicates how the Pueblo language has developed into a means ...

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