To learn a language, you might read a book or download an app. But it’s not so easy for Leeann. She’s a member of the Yuchi (YOO-chee) and Creek Nations, and she’s learning to speak Yuchi. There are no books printed in Yuchi, and only a handful of people know how to speak it.
In the past, everyone in the Yuchi Nation spoke the language. But in the late 1800s, the U.S. government forced Native American kids to speak only English. Many Native languages disappeared. Leeann doesn’t want that to happen to Yuchi.
“Because there aren’t a lot of people who speak Yuchi, it’s important that we learn so we can pass it down,” Leeann says.