Originally Posted by kokonut
How come Deaf schools at the time never bothered to help ensure that these Deaf Indians preserve their ISL and encourage the continued use of it by keeping in contact with their tribes and elders on maintaining their ISL identity? Sure, govt played a role. A big one but while they were over at the schools they never gotten any support to ensure that their ISL and culture continue to thrive. In fact, the problem was they were forced to choose between ISL and ASL. Kind of ironic considering people were screaming how ASL is becoming extinct but take a blind eye on what happened to some of the deaf Indians own ISL that have virtually disappeared.
why should they? most, if not all, deaf schools are on US government property. if deaf Indians want to preserve their ISL, then they'll need to build deaf schools on their reservation land.