Chickasaw fluent speakers are the driving force in language preservation. Their willingness to share their priceless knowledge with younger generations is essential to the language's survival.
Chickasaw fluent speaker JoAnn Ellis explains why the mission of language revitalization is so important to her. Jeremy Ellis agrees, stating that the native language faces extinction if it's not shared with and taught to younger Chickasaws. He's proud that his efforts will help keep the language alive.