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  • Mar 08, 2012
  • 07:53 PM

Menominee and Polish: Native and immigrant languages

Gary / Talking Alaska
In suppressing the use of Polish Mrs. Gurta has had no affect overall on the Polish language. There remain 40 million Polish speakers back in Poland. In suppressing the use of Menominee Mrs. Gurta contributes to a long-established policy of extermination: there are today something like 100 speakers of Menominee remaining. There is no homeland across the water with millions of speakers. Rather, the homeland of the Menominee is right there in Wisconsin where Mrs. Gurta is teaching.

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