FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska foundation is hoping to revitalize five Athabascan languages through online education with help from a $900,000 grant.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the Doyon Foundation recently announced the grant awarded by the nonprofit group Administration for Native Americans.
The foundation will use the money to create 280 online lessons focusing on Holikachuk, Denaakke, Benhti Kenaga, Han and Dinjii Zhuh Kyaa languages. The courses will be available for educators and students throughout Alaska.
The project is being worked on through a partnership with an organization called 7,000 Languages, which aims to preserve languages throughout the world.
The foundation plans to eventually create online lessons for all languages used in the Doyon region of Alaska and Canada.