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February 3, 2021 / This week from The Signal

All the latest news and information from around Alaska.

The Malaspina plies the waters of Lynn Canal in 2012. More people are leaving Juneau than arriving. Not by the dozens, but by the hundreds each year because of state budget cuts and dwindling state jobs. And there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.  (Photo by Kelli Berkinshaw/KTOO & Story by Matt Miller/KTOO)

But first… 

We're learning Lingit, the Tlingit language! 

Thanks to a grant from the Alaska Community Foundation, the entire staff at KTOO is taking a semester-long language class with X̱ʼunei Lance Twitchell.

As a publicly owned media organization, it is our job to reflect the community we serve. Language is culture, and even with a very basic, entry-level understanding of the language, we hope we can do a better job at serving more of our audience's informational needs.

Also, as more places and individuals in our broadcast area reclaim their Lingít names, we have an obligation to properly pronounce them on the air, spell them correctly online and understand their meanings.

Classes started this week and it was an absolute delight to get together (virtually) as a staff and immerse ourselves in the Tlingit language and culture for part of our work day.

-- Jennifer Pemberton, KTOO Managing Editor

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Many high school music students in Southeast Alaska cannot practice or perform together this year due to COVID-19 protocols. But that hasn’t stopped the annual Southeast Honor Music Festival from taking some shape. Here's the sound of 56 high school band students playing the same song from their own homes. The piece was recorded separately in videos and then all mixed together. (Watch video)

KTOO Public Media would like to acknowledge the L'eeneidí and the Wooshkeetaan of the Áak’w Khwáan. Our broadcast studios are on their ancestral homeland. Our building sits on fill that was once tideland and part of what is called the Indian Village. The families of the Juneau Indian Village, like their ancestors, cherish and depend upon their immediate connection to the waterfront. KTOO is working to lift up Tlingit voices and the Tlingit language. Please excuse us for our mistakes, and gunalchéesh for your patience as we learn.

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