Alaska Governor signs bill recognizing 20 Native languages as official state languages

At the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention on October 23, 2014, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell signed House Bill 216 – legislation designating 20 Native languages as official languages of the State of Alaska.  Before that legislation, Alaska had just one “official” language: English.  The governor signed the bill before hundreds of cheering Alaska Natives.  The mood was emotional and jubilant. 


Alaska Dispatch News provides more information in their news article:  http://www.adn.com/article/20141023/parnell-signs-native-language-bill-emotional-ceremony-afn-convention   

 

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