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11-03-2014
Despite the new law, Twitchell said the fight for Native rights and equality is far from over.
Thursday, October 23, 2014 about 200 people crammed into a small conference room at the Dena’ina Center to witness the Alaska Native Languages bill signing ceremony at the 2014 Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Anchorage. Alaska Native languages program head X’unei Lance Twitchell praised the work of Sitka representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and other lawmakers and stakeholders who advocated for recognition of the 20 Native languages as official languages of the State of Alaska. “We do this for our grandchildren, we do this for our ancestors,” said Twitchell. Twitchell was active in the effort to push the recognition bill through the Legislature. He and other supporters, included many students, staged a sit-in at the state capitol during the most recent legislative session. In the end, after 15 hours, the group was victorious. Despite the new law, Twitchell said the fight for Native rights and equality is far from over.

X’unei Lance Twitchell addresses the crowd

X’unei Lance Twitchell addresses the crowd at the Alaska Native Languages recognition bill signing ceremony in Anchorage, October 23, 2014.
 
 

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