Murkowski files bill to help native languages

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Federal legislation was offered this week to reauthorize funding for Native American language immersion programs.

    U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said the measures reauthorizes funding for Native language learning initiatives, language teacher training and additional teaching materials and curriculum.

    Language education has been on the rise and younger and older collaborate to improve knowledge and protect languages for the future.

    In a news release, Murkowski said culture is intertwined with language, making the revitalization of Native languages important,

    "We understand our past, ourselves and our relationships with our family and community through our language," Murkowski said in a statement. "For Native peoples, language is truly the foundation of their cultures and their identity."

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