Thursday, April 26, 2001

Miami U. joins with tribe in language study

The Associated Press

        OXFORD — Miami University and the American Indian tribe for which the university is named are cooperating in a project to preserve and teach the tribal language.

        Daryl Baldwin, a member of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, is to be on the Southwest Ohio campus July 1 to begin the project, university spokeswoman Claire Wagner said Wednesday.

        The government forced the Miami Indians to leave their Ohio home and march west in the 1800s. The tribe eventually wound up in Oklahoma.

        Mr. Baldwin, who holds a master's degree in linguistics, has been leading efforts to teach tribal members the Miami language.

        The project with the university is intended to preserve the tribal language and culture and provide opportunities to study it on campus and elsewhere.

        The tribe began a language revitalization project in 1995, with help from specialist David Costa at the University of California at Berkeley. Since then, the Miamis have developed interactive software, language lessons and tapes; and have sponsored gatherings to teach and preserve their language and culture.


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