A report by the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council said the state should make it policy to promote Alaska Native language schools wherever possible.
The Census Bureau designates languages for translation based on its estimates for speakers who have limited English proficiency.
With social media, people have the opportunity to project their best selves. We pick and choose what we share and how we share it.
The decline of many of Alaska’s indigenous languages happened during the era of boarding schools and missionaries.
The words need to mean something in Yup’ik, not just be literal translations from the English. One word in English — “candidate” — ends up being a phrase in Yup’ik.
“We have this opportunity to save a language and time is of the essence for us to collectively act,” said Megan Alvanna-Stimpfle, vice chief of the King Island Tribal Council
For David Russell-Jensen, a cosponsor of the student government resolution, Christopher Columbus represents the beginning of colonization and the genocide of indigenous people, not the discovery of America.
“The choices that were made in the settlement open the door for Alaska Native access to the polls in a way that we have not seen before,” said attorney Natalie Landreth with the Native American Rights Fund.
A longtime state lawmaker resigned, Alaska Native languages were recognized as official state languages, and a price war for airline tickets.
Soboleff would’ve been 106 years old on Friday. He died in 2011 at the age of 102.