Posted: Tuesday, October 7, 2014 2:52 pm | Updated: 2:19 am, Wed Oct 8, 2014.
Eric Barker for the Montana Kaimin
Despite the loss of the University’s Blackfoot language classes, students may still have a chance to learn Native languages.
A proposed Native languages student club is working on getting recognition as a student group from the Associated Students of the University of Montana. The group has 18 Native and non-Native students tentatively signed on.
Jesse Desrosier, a sophomore from the Blackfeet tribe, said he always wanted to organize a Native languages club. When the University had to cancel Elementary Blackfoot 141 and 142 this fall because of the instructor’s resignation, Desrosier decided there was no better time.
Desrosier said it’s important to promote Native languages to understand the basis of the culture.
“Understanding my Native language gave me an identity,” he said.
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