By speaking and sharing the language, Chickasaw people are ensuring its survival for many years to come. Here, discover how Chickasaw linguists and elders are working to preserve their ancestral tongue.
When Lisa Billy's children reached school age, she knew they would never be taught the history of their own people if they were sent to public school. Instead, she opted to home school them to give them a better opportunity to learn about what it means to be Chickasaw, and to become speakers of their native language. Though Billy admits that it was tough to make ends meet on one income, she doesn't regret a thing.