English Only Bill Introduced in Minnesota

A bill to make English the official language of Minnesota was introduced to the MN House today. Complying with the Native American Languages Act of 1990 (pertaining to Native languages), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (pertaining to ASL), it wouldn’t combat teaching foreign languages in school. Note that Minnesota comes from Dakota: mni (water), sota (hazy) “sky-tinted water” or “cloudy water”, and its state motto is in French: L’Etoil du Nord (the Star of the North). However, though primarily pertaining to the issue of illegal immigration, this measure can potentially conflict with the total immersion approach proven most successful in maintaining Native languages, which is a concern in Arizona. Several Ojibwa (Chippewa) and Sioux bands are indigenous to the state.

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