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Extinct: no
Family: Native American
Branch: Athapascan
Continent: North America
Country: USA
 
Region: Northeastern Arizona, northwestern New Mexico, southeastern Utah, and a few in Colorado.
Countries Where Spoken: 148,530 speakers including 7,616 monolinguals (1990 census) out of 219,198 ethnic Navaho (1990 USA Census Bureau).
Countries Where Official: USA
   
Native Speakers: 148,530
Speakers Total: 148,530
  
Phrasebase members who speak Navajo at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Navajo at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Navajo: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Navajo: 0
  
Three Letter Code: NAV
Alternative Names: DINe, NAVAHO
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Summary: Vigorous. But mother tongue speakers among first graders are 30% versus 90% in 1968 (1998 N.Y. Times, April 9, p. A20). The people prefer the name "Dine." Bible 1985.
 

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