In a May 13, 2011 photo, Hazel Sampson, a member of the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe, celebrates her 101st birthday at the tribal center near Port Angeles, Wash. (AP Photo/Peninsula Daily News, Tom Callis)
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The last person to have spoken the Klallam language from birth and the eldest member among the Klallam tribes of the Pacific Northwest has died in Washington state at the age of 103, family and tribal members said.Hazel M. Sampson was the last person who first learned Klallam, then learned English as a second language, said Lower Elwha Klallam tribal member Jamie Valadez, who teaches the Klallam language and culture at Port Angeles High School.Klallam is the language of three U.S. tribes: the Lower Elwha, Jamestown S'Klallam and Port Gamble S'Klallam, as well as the Beecher Bay Klallam in British Columbia, Canada.The Klallam are among a growing number of tribes trying to revitalize their languages, which in some cases are spoken by only a small handful of people.
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