Alaska governor declares emergency for native languages

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has declared an emergency for Alaska Native languages, aiming to promote and preserve all 20 recognized indigenous languages in the state.

KTOO Public Media in Juneau reports the order signed this week by the independent governor directs the state education commissioner to work with partners to promote indigenous languages in public education.

It also directs the state to use traditional Alaska Native place names on public signs. The order...

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