Language revival kicking off in Southeast

For the next three years, six teams of Tlingit speakers are working with students to learn this southern Alaska language.

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by Victoria Taylor

ANCHORAGE-For the next three years, six teams of Tlingit speakers are working with students to learn this southern Alaska language.

Beginning two decades ago, the Sealaska Heritage Institute has made language revitilization across the state one of their biggest priorities.    

There are about 200 Alaskans who are fluent in the language right now. Most of those are elders."We're very fortunate in that we have many language learners. We have many, but we need more. And, we've known that we need to bring them to their next level of Tlingit language fluency. This is something that they've been telling us and they've been wanting," said Sealaska Heritage Institute President, Rosita Worl.

Classes begin in Juneau Friday.

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