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Last Fluent Speaker Of Wichita Tribal Language Dies


The last remaining person who could fluently speak the language of the Wichita people, the Native American tribe for which the city of Wichita is named, has died.

Doris Jean Lamar-McLemore died on Tuesday, Aug. 30, in Anadarko, Oklahoma. She was 89 years old.

Lamar-McLemore worked with a linguist to help record as much of the Wichita language as possible in an effort to preserve it for generations to come. She learned the language from her maternal grandparents, who were both Wichita.


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