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In Bolivia, Speaking Up For Native Languages: Government Push Is Plagued by Controversy

Date: January 30, 2007
Author: Monte Reel
QUOTE: After announcing last year that all government employees would have to undergo indigenous language training, Morales's administration sought to require it of public school children as well, no matter where they lived. The proposal riled many in the parts of Bolivia that have little connection to indigenous communities, areas such as the eastern lowlands, where words spoken in Quechua and Aymara are often heard as threats to a way of life.

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