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Arikara

A language of United States

ISO 639-3ari

Population  20 (1997 D. Parks), decreasing. Ethnic population: 94 (2000 census).
Region  North Dakota, Fort Berthold Reservation.
Language map  Northern Central United States of America
Alternate names   Arikaree, Arikari, Arikaris, Ree, Ris
Classification  Caddoan, Northern, Pawnee-Kitsai, Pawnee
Language use  Shifting to English. Mainly older adults.
Language development  Dictionary. Grammar.
Comments  Reportedly a group Lewis and Clark met in 1804 in North Dakota. 30,000 were reduced to 6,000 due to smallpox. Arikara instructional material has been published for a language-teaching program. Nearly extinct.