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Saving languages

EDITOR, Daily News:

We are in critical danger of losing Alaska's 20 co-official Native languages. The Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council warned that all are in danger of becoming extinct or dormant by the end of this century. In fact, Haida and Tsimshian have less than a dozen fluent speakers left in the state, and Tlingit has less than 100 fluent speakers.

Now is the time to act to ensure the survival and continued use of these languages that represent intergenerational knowledge of the land, culture, and traditions. In light of this linguistic emergency, I introduced House Concurrent Resolution 19. The resolution calls on the Governor to issue an administrative order recognizing the linguistic emergency that we are facing.

We heard some very powerful comments from people across the state during public testimony in House Community and Regional Affairs committee this week. Thanks to your input, the committee passed the resolution and it will be moving to the House Floor in the coming weeks.

As always, please email me at Rep.Dan.Ortiz@akleg.gov or call my office if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.


House District 36