Linguistic emergency declared for Alaska Native languages


Last updated 11/24/2018 at 4:26pm

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Alaska is in danger of losing native languages such as those in the Inuit-Yupik-Unanga family spoken by this family of an Inupiat Eskimo mother, father and son photographed in 1929 by Edward S. Curtis.

JUNEAU, Alaska-In late September, then-Governor Bill Walker issued Administrative Order 300, formally acknowledging the emergency faced by Alaska's Native languages, supporting their revitalization and improving government-to-government relationships between Alaska's state and tribal governments.

"This order focuses on concrete ways Alaska can show leadership to support its first people and their languages-one of our richest and most at-risk resources," Walker said. "It's our responsibility to acknowledge government's historical role in the suppression of Indigenous languages and our honor...

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