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Ute Mountain Utes work to save their language

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A home on the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe reservation in southwest Colorado on November 18, 2021. The area is in extreme drought and little snow has fallen this fall.

Experts predict the world could lose half its languages in the next hundred years, including that spoken by the Ute Mountain Ute tribe in Colorado’s Four Corners region. To save their language, the tribe has created a digital dictionary. Juanita Plentyholes is the project coordinator for the Ute Mountain Utes. Wil Meya is with the Language Conservancy.