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Extinct: no
Family: Native American
Branch: Algonquian
Continent: North America
Country: USA
Region: Northern Cheyenne Reservation, southeastern Montana; associated with Arapaho in western Oklahoma.
Countries Where Spoken: 1,721 speakers (1990 census), out of 5,000 population (1987 SIL).
Countries Where Official: USA
Native Speakers: 1,721
Speakers Total: 5,000
Phrasebase members who speak Cheyenne at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Cheyenne at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Cheyenne: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Cheyenne: 0
Three Letter Code: CHY
Alternative Names: none
Summary: In Montana most adults (parents and the elderly, 1998) speak the language but many younger ones prefer English. In Oklahoma most speakers are middle-aged or older. Northern Cheyenne in Montana have a summer camp for children, where 5 fluent speakers teach the language (1998). Literacy rate in first language: 1% to 5%. Literacy rate in second language: 50% to 100%. NT 1934.

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