A couple of months ago we blogged about a bill making its way through the Alaska state legislature that sought to support Alaska Native language revitalization efforts. Earlier this week, Governor Sean Parnell signed that bill into law, stating in a press release that the law was important because without language preservation cultures die.
The bill establishes the Alaska Native Language and Advisory Council, which is tasked with taking stock of the current language preservation and revitalization efforts in the state and making policy and program recommendations to the governor and legislature. The Council, which will consist of two rural legislators and five language experts, will release an official report every two years.
Kudos to Alaska for recognizing the importance of its Native languages! We’ll be keeping an eye out in the following years to see what the Council’s recommendations are and if the state follows them.