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Alaska Native Languages

Most fluent speakers of the Lingít language are elders. But the instructors of an immersion classroom in Juneau have high hopes: to raise a new generation of Lingít speakers.

When you step inside the Haa Yóo X̱ʼatángi Kúdi classroom, two rules are immediately clear: shoes off, and Lingít only. At least for the adults.

Haa Yóo X̱ʼatángi Kúdi means “our language’s nest,” or “our language nest.”

Our guest this morning on Our Community, Roy Mitchell, has had a lifelong love of languages, and 42 years learning and supporting learners of Alaska Native Languages across the state - and now he's Research Analyst with the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council.  

Mitchell gave us an update on House Concurrent Resolution 19 - "Urging Governor Walker to issue an administrative order recognizing a linguistic emergency" - the resolution passed the Community and Regional Affairs Committee. 

http://w3.akleg.gov/index.php#tab5

UPDATE:

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: