Alaska Native culture

Alaska Native Language Bill Becomes Law

An Alaska Native languages HB 216 was signed into law by the governor on October 23 in Anchorage. Alaska Native languages are officially recognized in the state of Alaska. Here are some photos I took at the momentous event.

Cheers all around during after an Alaska Native languages HB 216 was signed into law by the governor on October 23 in Anchorage. Alaska Native languages are officially recognized in the state of Alaska. Photo by Angela Gonzalez
Cheers all around during after an Alaska Native languages HB 216 was signed into law by the governor on October 23 in Anchorage. Alaska Native languages are officially recognized in the state of Alaska.
Photo by Angela Gonzalez
Lance (X̱’unei) Twitchell speaks at the signing of the Alaska Native language HB 216. Photo by Angela Gonzalez
Lance (X̱’unei) Twitchell speaks at the signing of the Alaska Native language HB 216. Photo by Angela Gonzalez
Athabascan Elder Robert Charlie talks about the importance of language at the ceremony. Photo by Angela Gonzalez
Athabascan Elder Robert Charlie talks about the importance of language at the ceremony. Photo by Angela Gonzalez
Gwich'in Athabascan speakers celebrate at the Alaska Native language bill signing. Photo by Angela Gonzalez
Gwich’in Athabascan speakers celebrate at the Alaska Native language bill signing.
Photo by Angela Gonzalez
Koyukon Athabascan speakers Esther McCarty, Freddie R. Olin IV and Ella Sam celebrate after the Alaska Native language bill becomes law. Photo by Angela Gonzalez
Koyukon Athabascan speakers Esther McCarty, Freddie R. Olin IV and Ella Sam celebrate after the Alaska Native language bill becomes law. Photo by Angela Gonzalez

Here is a video of some of the Athabascan speakers at the end of the ceremony.

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