In some Native American
communities in Nevada it is difficult to find a fluent native speaker.
In the 1870s and 1880s the federal government attempted to absorb Native
Americans into mainstream American culture by eradicating native culture.
The Dawes Severalty Act granted parcels of land to Native Americans in
an attempt to make them into farmers, and to assimilate them (or make them
a part of) American culture. As a part of this effort, speaking Native
American languages was prohibited in many government sponsored schools,
such as the Stewart Indian School in Carson City.
One result of that program, and other factors, is that many native languages
are gone forever, and others are threatened with extinction.
Nevada State Museum