Resolution Introduced to Help Preserve Alaska’s Vital Native Languages

Juneau – Earlier today, Representative Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan) introduced a resolution to help ensure the survival of native languages in Alaska. House Concurrent Resolution 19 urges Alaska Governor Bill Walker to issue an administrative order recognizing that a “linguistic emergency” exists in Alaska. The resolution calls on state agencies, the Alaska State Legislature, Alaska Native organizations, and others to work to strengthen policies to ensure the survival of Alaska Native languages, many of which are on the verge of extinction.

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Rep. Ortiz’s January 25th newsletter: Another legislative session has begun!

Another legislative session has begun! Last Tuesday, we gaveled in and had our first floor session of the year. We dove head first into our Finance Committee meetings with presentations from Office of Management and Budget Director Pat Pitney, Department of Revenue official, the CEO of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, and Legislative Finance.

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