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ANLPAC Supports Official Languages Bill

(Anchorage, AK) – The Alaska Native Language Preservation & Advisory Council [ANLPAC] has expressed its support of House Bill 216, which recognizes Alaska Native languages.

ANLPAC Vice-Chair April Counceller said the survival of Alaska Native languages are critically important. “HB 216 is an incredibly vital symbolic gesture to show the whole state that our Alaska Native languages are a valuable part of our State heritage.” Counceller goes on to say that “This Bill does not require that documents, signs, or public notices be translated into all Native languages, merely that these languages be acknowledged and celebrated.”

The council has heard through public testimony and an online survey that Alaska Native languages are quickly being lost. Recognition of Alaska Native languages is important to ensure the rich culture, heritage and languages of Alaska Native people is preserved and revitalized.

The Alaska Native Language Preservation & Advisory Council is a Governor-appointed, seven-member council. The Council’s mission is to advocate for the survival and revitalization of Alaska Native languages through collaboration and sharing for all. For more information,, please visit: http://commerce.alaska.gov/dnn/dcra/AKNativeLanguagePreservationAdvisoryCouncil.aspx.

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