[lg policy] Alaska Native Language "Linguistic Emergency" Resolution Considered In Senate Committee

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Thu Apr 5 10:36:39 EDT 2018


 Alaska Native Language "Linguistic Emergency" Resolution Considered In
Senate Committee
By Christine Trudeau <http://kyuk.org/people/christine-trudeau> *•* 10
hours ago
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Representative Dan Ortiz, an Independent from Ketchikan, introduced a
resolution last week calling for Governor Bill Walker to “issue an
administrative order recognizing a ‘linguistic emergency” for Alaska Native
languages.
Credit KRBD

The Alaska Native Linguistic Emergency resolution is ready to move through
committee in the state Senate. It has already passed the House.

On Tuesday, the Senate Community and Regional Affairs Committee opened its
hearing on House Concurrent Resolution 19 with remarks from the measure's
sponsor, Representative Dan Ortiz of Ketchikan, who called Alaska Native
culture and language a central part of the state’s cultural identity. He
told the Senators that passing it would build on actions already taken by
the Legislature.

“Mr. Chairman, the state has moved in the right direction by acknowledging
and recognizing the 20 Alaska Native languages as official languages of the
state,” Ortiz said. “However, recognition is just the first step.”

Ortiz's resolution would urge the Governor to implement a recommendation
put forward by the Alaska Native Language Preservation Advisory Council, or
ANLPAC, this year.

“In their 2018 bi-annual report to the Governor and Legislature, ANLPAC
warned that all 20 Alaska Native Languages are in crisis, and most are
predicted to become extinct or dormant by the end of the 21st century,”
said Ortiz. “The state of Alaska can no longer sustain these rates of
language loss unless policy changes are enacted that support people who are
learning and speaking Alaska Native Languages throughout the state.”

The Community and Regional Affairs Committee resumes discussion of the
"linguistic emergency" resolution Thursday, April 5 at 3:30 p.m.
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<http://kyuk.org/post/governor-walker-asked-declare-linguistic-emergency>
By Christine Trudeau <http://kyuk.org/people/christine-trudeau> *•* Feb 20,
2018
[image: Representative Dan Ortiz, an Independent from Ketchikan, introduced
a resolution last week calling for Governor Bill Walker to “issue an
administrative order recognizing a ‘linguistic emergency” for Alaska Native
languages.]
<http://kyuk.org/post/governor-walker-asked-declare-linguistic-emergency>
KRBD

A Southeast Alaska state legislator wants action to save Alaska Native
Languages.
House Committee Hearing On Alaska Native Language Endangerment To Continue
Thursday
<http://kyuk.org/post/house-committee-hearing-alaska-native-language-endangerment-continue-thursday>
By Christine Trudeau <http://kyuk.org/people/christine-trudeau> *•* Mar 7,
2018
[image: House Community and Regional Affairs hearing on Tuesday, March 6
with Dan Ortiz presenting and reading HCR 19 urging Governor Bill Walker to
issue an administrative order recognizing a linguistic emergency.]
<http://kyuk.org/post/house-committee-hearing-alaska-native-language-endangerment-continue-thursday>
Alaska State Legislature

Public testimony will continue Thursday on Alaska Native language
endangerment.
House Bill To Declare State of Emergency For Alaska Native Languages Passes
Committee
<http://kyuk.org/post/house-bill-declare-state-emergency-alaska-native-languages-passes-committee>
By Christine Trudeau <http://kyuk.org/people/christine-trudeau> *•* Mar 9,
2018
[image: House Community and Regional Affairs hearing on Tuesday, March 8,
2018 with Dan Ortiz answering questions on HCR 19, a bill urging Governor
Bill Walker to issue an administrative order recognizing a linguistic
emergency for Alaska Native languages.]
<http://kyuk.org/post/house-bill-declare-state-emergency-alaska-native-languages-passes-committee>
Alaska State Legislature

A bill to declare a state of emergency for Alaska Native Languages has
moved out of one state House committee and into another. House Concurrent
Resolution (HCR) 19 <http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Bill/Text/30?Hsid=HCR019A>
saw widespread testimonial support from Alaska Native academics, Tribal
members, and non-Native Alaskans as well.
<https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kyuk/audio/2018/03/180309_hcr_19_ak_native_languages_endangered_pkg_web.mp3>
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State House Urges Governor Walker To Declare Emergency For Alaska Native
Languages
<http://kyuk.org/post/state-house-urges-governor-walker-declare-emergency-alaska-native-languages>
By Christine Trudeau <http://kyuk.org/people/christine-trudeau> *•* Mar 20,
2018
[image: In a vote of 34 “yeas” and four “nays,” House Concurrent Resolution
19 passed on the House floor on Monday, March 19, 2018.]
<http://kyuk.org/post/state-house-urges-governor-walker-declare-emergency-alaska-native-languages>
Courtesy of the Alaska State Legislature

The Alaska House has passed a resolution calling on Governor Walker to
declare what it calls a "linguistic emergency" for Alaska Native languages.


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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
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Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
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