Center in OH boosts reclaiming of tribe's language

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CINCINNATI (AP) — A southwest Ohio university's project to help the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma save its language and culture has taken a big step forward with establishment of a center devoted to that aim.

The Myaamia (mee-AHM'-mee-uh) Center established recently at Miami University provides greater visibility and more resources for a project that began at the school in 2001. Linguists around the country say the collaborative effort by the tribe and its namesake university has become an outstanding role model for others working to save minority languages from extinction.

Tribal officials say the center also ensures a greater sense of permanency for the project.

The center has grown out of a more than 40-year-old relationship between the university and the Miami, Okla.-based tribe.

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