Alaska Native Language Preservation & Advisory Council

Information

The Alaska Native Language Preservation & Advisory Council was created during the 27th Legislature and signed into law by Governor Sean Parnell in May 2012. Seven members comprise the council, five of whom are Alaska Native language professionals.

The mission of the Alaska Native Language Preservation & Advisory Council is to advocate for the survival and revitalization of Alaska Native languages through collaboration and sharing for all.

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Council Overview

Established:

2012

Department:

Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development

Function:

The council shall advise both the Governor and Legislature on programs, policies, and projects to provide for the cost-effective preservation, restoration, and revitalization of Alaska Native languages in the state; and prepare reports of its findings and recommendations for the governor's and the legislature's consideration on or before January 1 of each even numbered year. The first report is due on or before July 1, 2014.

Council Members:

The council consists of five voting members who are professional language experts and who represent diverse regions of the state. In addition, one member of the Senate appointed by the President of the Senate and one member of the House of Representatives appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives shall serve on the council as nonvoting members. In appointing the nonvoting members of the council, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint a member of the bush caucus, if a bush caucus exists. ("Bush caucus" means a group of legislators that represents rural areas of the state). The members appointed by the Governor shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.

Member Name Date Appointed Term Expires
Language
Senator Donald Olson
28th Legislature

Inupiaq

Representative Benjamin Nageak

28th Legislature

Iñupiaq

Annette Evans Smith, Chair 10/4/2013 9/1/2016 Athabascan, Alutiiq, Yup'ik

April Laktonen Counceller, Vice Chair

10/18/2012

9/1/2014

Alutiiq

Bernadette Yaayuk Alvanna-Stimpfle

10/4/2013

9/1/2016

Delores Churchill

10/18/2012

9/1/2014

Haida

Walkie Charles

10/18/2012

9/1/2015

Yup'ik

Chair: Selected by council, for a one year term
Compensation: Standard Travel and Per Diem

Council Mission and Values

Mission and Values

All Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council members and staff are committed to the highest level of legal, ethical, and moral standards in the conduct of business, based on a fundamental Alaska Native values.

Every person at the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council conducts himself or herself professionally, competently, honestly, diligently, and courteously, and complies with all state, federal, and local laws, rules, and regulations as well as company rules and directives while performing service on behalf of the State of Alaska.

Mission

The mission of the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council is to advocate for the survival and revitalization of Alaska Native languages through collaboration and sharing for all.

Purpose

The purpose of the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council is to provide recommendations and advice to both the Governor and Legislature on programs, policies, and projects; and to network and advocate in support of the Council's mission.

Values

The Alaska Native Preservation and Advisory Council pursues its mission by honoring the following values: Ethical Conduct Integrity Cultural Heritage Employee and Board Excellence

Events Calendar

Alaska Native Language Preservation & Advisory Council seeks events to add to calendar. If you have an event you wish to add to the calendar, please contact staff, as indicated at the bottom of this page.

How to Contact the Council

The mission of the Alaska Native Language Preservation & Advisory Council is to advocate for the survival and revitalization of Alaska Native languages through collaboration and sharing for all.

The council shall advise both the Governor and Legislature on programs, policies, and projects to provide for the cost-effective preservation, restoration, and revitalization of Alaska Native languages in the state; and prepare reports of its findings and recommendations for the Governor's and Legislature's consideration on or before January 1 of each even numbered year. The first report is due on or before July 1, 2014. Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council members and staff are committed to the highest level of legal, ethical, and moral standards in the conduct of business, based on fundamental Alaska Native values.

All Alaska Native languages deserve equal treatment for preservation and revitalization. The Council supports the revitalization of all Alaska Native languages and supports the efforts of various resources. The Council cannot endorse any particular program, nor can they fund or purchase advertising for any particular language group or agency.

ALASKA NATIVE LANGUAGE PRESERVATION & ADVISORY COUNCIL AGENDA
Any organization or individual wishing to appear before the Council should follow the steps below to be added to the agenda: contact staff with written information about your project. Project information will be included in a packet sent to Council members and discussed during its next Council meeting. An open comment period will be available for all to discuss agenda items.

SUBMIT INFORMATION
Please submit your information, project, program, or proposal to the Council in writing. The council, by statute, meets twice a year, and will review information during a regularly-scheduled, public meeting. For additional information, contact staff, as indicated below.


For more information about the Alaska Native Language
Preservation & Advisory Council contact:

Division of Community and Regional Affairs
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
Phone: 907-269-3646
Email: anlpac@alaska.gov