New speakers try to save language

Keith Chu / The Bulletin
Published Jul 30, 2006 at 05:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM
Val Switzler, left, and Deanie Johnson are spearheading an effort to revive the Wasco language on the Warm Springs reservation.
This 1887 photo shows a Warm Springs boarding school where an English-only policy was enforced. ”They'd lock you up in a dark room, or paddle someone,” for speaking Indian languages, says 91-year-old Gladys Thompson, thought to be the last fully fluent speaker of the Wasco language in Warm Springs.