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Fluent Arikara speaker dies

Associated Press - January 28, 2010 9:15 AM ET

WHITE SHIELD, N.D. (AP) - The Three Affiliated Tribes in North Dakota says 1 of the remaining few elders who could teach the Arikara language has died.

Maude Starr, whose American Indian name meant Yellow Calf Woman, died Jan. 20 at the age of 71. Her funeral was held Wednesday in the Fort Berthold Reservation community of White Shield.

Starr held a bachelor's degree in education from the University of North Dakota. The tribe, which has members of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara, says she was 1 of only a handful of educators with the skills to teach the Sahnish, or Arikara, language.

Starr taught the language and culture to young people through school programs.

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