BUFFALO — For Jacob Brien, a love of language runs in the family.
Growing up on the Crow Reservation in southeastern Montana, Brien learned to speak the Crow language from his grandmother, who was the language teacher at his high school.
Before too long he realized that he wanted to “speak Crow all day long and study it.”
That led him to an internship working on a Crow language dictionary and, later, to working toward a degree in sociology and Crow studies at Rocky Mountain College in Billings.
Now, Brien is working as one of the youth American Indian interpreters at the Fort Phil Kea...