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Alaska House names 20 Native languages "official" for state

...Sealaska Heritage Institute, there are only three fluent speakers of Haida, 10 of Tsimshian and 120 of Tlingit. The last fluent speaker of Eyak died in 2008. An amendment to the bill clarifies that state and local governments will not be required...
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Palin, Stevens keep Alaska in spotlight in '08

...year began with the death of Marie Smith Jones, the last full-blooded member of Alaska's Eyak Indians and the last fluent speaker of their native language. The Eyak's ancestral homeland runs along 300 miles of the Gulf of Alaska from Prince...
Last fluent speaker of Eyak language dies

Chief Marie Smith Jones, the last full-blooded Eyak and the last person fluent in her Native language, has died.
My turn: Obituary of a language

On Jan. 23, the Juneau Empire reported the death of Chief Marie Smith Jones, the last fluent speaker of Eyak. Since my first linguistics class six years ago, I have often heard that half of the world's nearly 7,000 languages...
Bessie Kitka

...was Dick Kanosh of the Ganax.adi from Tuxekan. Dick Kanosh's father was Yaanyeidi. Bessie was one of the last fluent speakers of the Tlingit language for the Auke Bay tribe. All of her children and grandchildren received a Tlingit name...


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