Chickasaw as a First Language

Stanley Smith

Stanley Smith, a Chickasaw Language Master, was raised speaking Chickasaw and did not speak English until well into his childhood when he began attending school. When contemplating quitting school, his grandmother said "You're going to need it. You're going to grow up in two different worlds" - words he says have come true.

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