LAPWAI, Idaho—The Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho has applied for a one-year grant to prevent the extinction of the Nez Perce language from the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Health & Welfare.

The grant ask is $52,200.

Tribal officials approved the grant through resolution that noted the inevitable possibility of extinction of the native Nez Perce language due to lack of means of motivating interest and a system of instruction and/or curriculum material designed for school systems.

Twenty percent of the Nez Perce Indians can speak the language, according to Allen Slickpoo, director the tribal historical project.

Slickpoo further noted the grant would be used to start Nez Perce language courses in schools.

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