Same-sex marriage is not legal in Arizona, but the state has quickly become the center of national debate surrounding the issue after its legislature passed a “religious freedom” billlast week. The measure, which Gov. Jan Brewer must decide by Friday whether to sign into law, would allow business owners to cite religious beliefs as a reason for denying services – including to same-sex couples – without fear of legal retribution.
The last known native speaker of the Klallam language, which the U.S. government once sought to phase out before funding an effort to preserve it, died in Washington state on Tuesday at age 103, friends and tribal leaders said.
The death of Hazel Sampson, who was taught the Klallam language by her parents before learning English, marks the end of an era, said Ron Allen, chairman of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe. Sampson died at a hospital in Port Angeles, Washington.
Klallam belongs to the Salish family of Native American languages, spoken in the Pacific Northwest and southwestern Canada.
"It’s the final chapter of one of our tribal citizens who grew up in the culture before we were exposed extensively to the non-Indian culture and language," Allen said. "We lost an elder who kept the culture and language of the S’Klallam people fresh in the younger generation."
Language is essential to culture so it is no surprise that the U.S. government sought to eradicate (“phase out”?) the Klallam language, in addition to many other indigenous languages and peoples. Amazing how the language of a nation dies with a single individual.
The gap between the have yachts and the have nots is getting wider. But it’s not just about money. Growing inequality means a rich minority own most of the world’s resources and have a huge influence over decisions that affect ordinary people’s lives. We’re determined to make change happen.
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No single person’s life or time is worth that much more than billions others.
Roughly three-quarters of American adults (73%) say they believe Jesus was born of a virgin. About one-in-five (19%) say they do not believe this, and 7% say they don’t know or decline to answer the question.