December 02, 2004

Even in their own language

A story on NPR's Morning Edition this morning reports on a public debate over "[p]roposed recreational changes along the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon". Active participants in this debate include members of the Hualapai tribe of Native Americans who live "on the middle course of the Colorado River", about whom NPR's Ted Robbins says (emphasis added):

Tribal members don't have kind words for the proposed plan, even in their own language.

What does "even in their own language" mean here? Are words in Hualapai expected to be kinder, in general, than words in English? (And what does that mean?)

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Posted by Eric Bakovic at December 2, 2004 12:04 PM