April 22, 2012

Alaska Legislature Passes Bill Intended To Preserve Native Languages

From http://newsminer.com/bookmark/18224785-Legislature-passes-bill-intended-to-preserve-Native-languages

Legislature passes bill intended to preserve Native languages
by Matt Buxton
April 12, 2012

The Legislature on Thursday passed a bill aimed at protecting and restoring Alaska Native languages, which are on the decline and in some instances nearing extinction.

The bill, which is headed to the governor’s desk, establishes the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council, a collection of language experts who would research and find ways to protect and restore Alaska Native languages.

The council would consist of language experts appointed by the governor from throughout the state and would include non-voting legislators from the Bush Caucus. The council would be tasked with producing reports every two years that would evaluate the state of languages and recommend changes to programs to the governor and the Legislature. The first report would be due July 1, 2014.

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