Gros Ventre


A language of United States

Alternate Names
A’ananin, Aane, Ahahnelin, Ahe, Ananin, Atsina, Fall Indians, Gros Ventres, White Clay People

No known L1 speakers. Last fluent speaker, Jim White Crow, died in 1981 (Mithun 1999). Less than 10 fully fluent speakers (Golla 2007). Ethnic population: 1,000 (Golla 2007).


Montana: Fort Belknap reservation, Milk river.

Language Status

9 (Dormant). Language of registered tribe: Fort Belknap Indian Community of the Fort Belknap Reservation of Montana.


None known. Intelligible with Arapaho [arp].

Language Use

Shifted to English [eng].

Language Development

Dictionary. Grammar. White Clay Immersion School on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation had 26 students studying the language in 2012.

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