Alaska Native Language Preservation Council

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Executive Director of Cook Inlet Native Head Start, Ethan Petticrew, is happy about the new partnerships and pipeline for Yup'ik language immersion with the Anchorage School District, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Cook Inlet Tribal Council and Cook Inlet Native Head Start. 

However, Petticrew wants to recruit for other languages - notably Dena'ina Athabascan.  "We need two 

speakers who can talk in the classroom, as we aren't doing things the foreign language model, and at a minimum they need to have an Associates of Arts in Early Childhood Education."


The Legislative group has moved to continue taking testimony Thursday. 

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An action in the Alaska House of Representatives is urging Governor Walker to declare a linguistic emergency across the State: it's called HCR 19, Urging Governor Bill Walker to issue an administrative order recognizing a linguistic emergency.

Roy Mitchell, IV is Research Analyst with the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council says a hearing at 8am on the 6th, is an opportunity for citizens to weigh in on the issue:

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One of our guests for Morning Line, Angie Demma, highlighted Alutiiq language revitalization efforts that will be showcased on a film screening at the Anchorage Museum Thursday evening – it’s called Keep Talking.  The film follows four language learners over the course of five years as they journey toward learning their traditional language.  Angie mentions the positive effects of language learning efforts, as it has even been shown to reduce suicide attempts. 

Program details from the Anchorage Museum website:

"Haa shagoon ... it's our ancestors and future generations, everything we were and everything we will be."