Earlier this year, Alaska became the second state after Hawaii to recognize indigenous languages as official state languages
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson introduce the 2014 Native American Languages Reauthorization Act
Sen. John Coghill, R-North Pole, wants to create a new section in state statute for ceremonial languages
The Senate State Affairs Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 216 on Thursday
A bill symbolically making 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages is heading to the House floor for a vote.
Two bills dealing with Alaska Native issues got different receptions from members of the Legislature on Thursday.
Dozens of people testified in favor of HB 216, which unanimously cleared the House Community and Regional Affairs Committee.
November 14th of every year would be Dr. Walter Soboleff Day. Another proposed bill would make 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages.