Majority of Native Americans speak only English at home

Most Native families aren't speaking their own languages at home


Last updated 10/7/2017 at 12:25pm

More than half of Native American students in Arizona speak only English inside and outside the home.

WASHINGTON, DC-Families in more than half of Native American homes in Arizona now speak only English at home, according to new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau.

American Community Survey data covering 2011-2015 showed that 53 percent of people who identified as American Indian in the state said they speak only English at home, up from 49 percent in the previous five-year survey.

The increase comes despite efforts by tribes to keep their cultures and their languages alive, through immersion schools and tribal programs. But people involved in those programs said they were not surprised by...

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