Maidu, Northeast


A language of United States

Alternate Names
Maidu, Maidu Proper, Mountain Maidu, Májdy

No known L1 speakers. The last fluent speaker, Farrell Cunningham, died in 2013 (2013 J. Little). Only a few semispeakers (Golla 2007). Ethnic population: 110 (2000 census).


California: Plumas and Lassen counties, northern Sierras.

Language Status

9 (Dormant). Language of registered tribe: Berry Creek Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California, Greenville Rancheria, Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California, Susanville Indian Rancheria.

Language Use

Shifted to English [eng].

Language Development

Dictionary. Grammar. Texts. Much interest in revitalization (Golla 2007).

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