Alaska Native language

How learning an Indigenous language leads to healing

Nov 23, 2021

With a Christmas tree lighting up her dark apartment, Nancy Barnes logs in to join her advanced Tsimshian language class. She’s the first one there, even before the instructor Donna May Roberts.

With university class Mondays and Wednesdays, Tsimshian lullabies on Sundays and Tsimshian games on Fridays, Barnes is learning the Tsimshian language, Sm’algya̱x, almost every day of the week.

Language survey seeks responses in Iñupiaq country and beyond

Jul 28, 2020

An Iñupiaq language survey is currently underway across the state. Organizers hope the survey helps build a comprehensive ten-year language plan to help grow and sustain the language.

Koahnic Broadcast Corporation

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." 

Alaska Native Heritage Center

Our guest today on Morning Line - Marcella Asicksik, is the Language Program Director at the Alaska Native Heritage Center.  Asicksik says the project is in it's 4th year, and recently had an extension of grant funds that will allow it to continue.  Classes start this week, and are offered in Inupiatun and Yugtun - phone 907-330-8000 for more information or to register. 

Asicksik says the program 

August 19, 2016

By Molly Dischner, KDLG - Dillingham

When Alaskans went to the polls this week, some had new options for language assistance. Expanded help for Yup’ik, Gwich’in and Inupiaq speakers was the result of a lawsuit brought against the state in 2013. A team of state elections officials and those involved in the lawsuit traveled to three Bristol Bay communities to see how the provisions worked out on primary day.

Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins says successful programs in other countries are the model for proposed Native language immersion charter schools

By Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska

New legislation will propose a system of encouraging and supporting Native language charter schools in Alaska. Sitka Democratic Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins says the bill will be introduced this month. He says it will follow in the footsteps of successful programs in New Zealand, Hawaii and Israel.

A trial is scheduled for next month in a case alleging failure by the state to provide accurate translations of voting materials into Alaska Native languages.

A short subsistence opening is scheduled for the Kuskokwim River, where returns of spawning king salmon was the lowest on record last year.

Likewise on the Yukon River, returns are expected to be even lower than last year, which were the lowest on record. Commercial, sport, and subsistence fisheries on the entire Yukon River drainage area will be closed.