Information from: “Tunica Tulane Language Project” .
The last speaker of Tunica, Sesostrie Youchigant, passed away in 1949; therefore there are no native, second-language or semi speakers of the language (Youchgant himself appears to have been a semi-speaker). However the Tunica-Biloxi tribe is working to change the situation, aiming lessons, classes, and learning materials at both children and adult tribe members.
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While the last native speaker of Tunica passed away in 1949, The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Marksville, Louisana has been working with the Tulane Linguistics department to revitalize the Tunica language for the past two years. Using documents produced by Albert Gatschet, John Swanton and Mary Haas, the Tunica Tulane Language Project has created an updated orthography, written Tunica prayers, and produced several Tunica children's books with accompanying recording in Tunica. Lesson plans have also been created, and the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe held its first Tunica language camp in the summer of 2012. Current projects include producing an updated Tunica dictionary as well as an illustrated dictionary for children, creating a pedagogical grammar based on Haas, and producing digital, interactive language learning tools to accompany an ever increasing number of lesson plans. So while Tunica is currently sleeping, the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe is very adamantly trying to rouse it from its slumber.
Information from: “Ethnologue: Languages of the World, 18th Edition” . Lewis, M. Paul, Gary F. Simons, and Charles D. Fennig · SIL International
"No known L1 speakers ... Became extinct after 1950" (Golla 2007).
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"North central Louisiana."
Information from: “North America” (7-41) . Victor Golla and Ives Goddard and Lyle Campbell and Marianne Mithun and Mauricio Mixco (2008) , Chris Moseley and Ron Asher · Routledge
Tunica, a heritage language of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Marksville, Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, was spoken in the 17th and 18th century along the Mississippi River near Vicksburg, Mississippi ... the principal documentation is by Haas, who collected extensive data between 1933 and 1939 and published a grammar, a grammatical sketch, a dictionary, and a collection of texts. The last speaker, with whom Haas worked, died after 1950.