Indian Languages In Oklahoma In Danger Of Extinction

Wednesday, September 19th 2007, 10:40 am
By: News On 6

UNDATED (AP) _ A new study says 40 American Indian languages in Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico are on the verge of becoming extinct. The study by the U.S. National Science Foundation and National Geographic Society says the languages are among thousands worldwide that are in danger of disappearing.

One of the endangered languages is the Yuchi. The study says only five elderly men of the Yuchi Tribe in Sapulpa are able to speak the language.

The tribe was moved from Tennessee to what is now Oklahoma in the early 1800s.

Researchers say there are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world and one dies out every two weeks.