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Organizations work to restore culture in Missoula

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Missoulians jump started their day with the 2nd Annual "Save Our Languages" 5K Fun Run on the Kim Williams Trail Saturday morning. The Sacred Roots Language Society holds this fundraiser in preparation for a language conference they host in the fall.

According to the MIT Indigenous Language Initiative, 165 Native American languages are still spoken in this country and 74 of those are almost extinct -- meaning they have only a handful of elderly speakers.

This weekend, the indigenous community is coming together to share its culture at the 48th Annual Kyiyo Pow Wow. Missoulians are welcome to come dance, feast and celebrate. The Leader of the Sacred Roots Language Society Jesse DesRosier says that different tribes here in Montana all have languages that are endangered.  

”So the importance of them is crucial in understanding the true identities of the native peoples who have been here for thousands of years. The one way to get the perspective of the indigenous people is through their language," Desrosier said.

Members of the Sacred Roots Language Society say they are doing everything they can to sustain native cultures and languages. 

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