Anchorage, AK – State elections officials are seeking assistance in small Native communities, regarding information and registration for voters in their specific Native languages, as reported by KYUK.
Under a Voting Rights Act protocol, Alaska must provide certain communities with bilingual elections outreach staff, who can offer indigenous language aid, paid for by the state. The issue is being examined at this week’s Alaska Native Languages Summit.
In various regions across Alaska, linguists have dedicated their time to write and develop books and curriculums to ensure that future Native generations can read and write in their own language. However, many localities haven’t had this opportunity, posing a challenge for the Division of Elections.