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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.

Listed below are the Fact Sheets available for download in  Adobe (.pdf) format.

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 Dean Westlake 28th Legislature

Iñupiaq
Annette Evans Smith, Chair 10/4/2013 9/1/2019 Athabascan, Alutiiq, Yup'ik
X'unei Lance Twitchell,Vice Chair 9/22/2017 9/1/2020 Tlingit, Haida, Yup'ik, Sami
April Laktonen Counceller 10/18/2012 9/1/2017 Alutiiq
Yaayuk Bernadette
Alvanna-Stimpfle
10/4/2013 9/1/2019 Inupiaq
Walkie Charles
10/18/2012 9/1/2018 Yup'ik

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

Council Mission and Values How to Contact the Council

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