The Congress finds that—
special status is accorded Native Americans in the United States, a status that recognizes distinct cultural and political rights, including the right to continue separate identities;
there is convincing evidence that student achievement and performance, community and school pride, and educational opportunity is clearly and directly tied to respect for, and support of, the first language of the child or student;
it is clearly in the interests of the United States, individual States, and territories to encourage the full academic and human potential achievements of all students and citizens and to take steps to realize these ends;
languages are the means of communication for the full range of human experiences and are critical to the survival of cultural and political integrity of any people; and
language provides a direct and powerful means of promoting international communication by people who share languages.