Lushootseed is the traditional language of the Suquamish People. Failed attempts to assimilate the Suquamish by the Federal Government in the 19th and 20th centuries resulted in the near loss of the language. However, a resurgence of cultural practices throughout the last decade has brought with it renewed interest in the study of Lushootseed. The Suquamish Tribe is committed bringing back daily use of the language. In addition to teaching Lushootseed in early learning and secondary school programs, Suquamish offers the community opportunities to practice and study their traditional language.