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Last remaining speaker of the Wichita language dies at 89

Doris Jean Lamar-McLemore was the last remaining person who could fluently speak the native language of the Wichita Indians. She died on Tuesday in Anadarko, Oklahoma. Lamar-McLemore worked to preserve the language in the latter years of her life by writing it down and recording it. (File video by Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)

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Storm Jones, member of the Kaw Nation -- the American Indian tribe the state of Kansas was named after -- talks about her legacy. (Beccy Tanner/The Wichita Eagle)

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Last remaining speaker of the Wichita language dies at 89

Doris Jean Lamar-McLemore was the last remaining person who could fluently speak the native language of the Wichita Indians. She died on Tuesday in Anadarko, Oklahoma. Lamar-McLemore worked to preserve the language in the latter years of her life by writing it down and recording it. (File video by Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)
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Last remaining speaker of the Wichita language dies at 89

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VIDEO: Speaking the language

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