Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Murkowski joins Johnson, Dems to preserve Native languages

Here is yet another reason Democrats and American Indians need to vote in midterm elections.

Jon Tester (D-Montana), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, has announced the confirmation of Hopi citizen Diane Humetewa to serve on the federal bench as judge for the U.S. District Court for Arizona.

Rob Capriccioso filed a report for Indian Country Today linked here.

The Native American Languages Reauthorization Act of 2014 reauthorizes a preservation grant program through fiscal year 2019. Joining Senators Tester, Tim Johnson (D-SD), and Democratic co-sponsors including New Mexico's delegation, is Senator Lisa Murkowski, fox of Alaska.
"Since first being signed into law, the Native Americans Languages Act has helped to preserve and revitalize Native languages and encourages both young children and adults to develop a fluency in their Native language,” Johnson said. “Across South Dakota, this vital grant funding gives the opportunity for our cherished Lakota elders to sit down with the younger generation to revive the Lakota language. The continuity of these languages strengthens Native American culture and history, and I will continue to push until this reauthorization is signed into law.” According to the National Indian Education Association, by the year 2050, there may only be 20 Native American languages remaining. The Native American Languages Act was first signed into law in 1992 and established a grant program within the Native American Programs Act of 1974 to ensure the survival of Native languages. [press release, Senator Tim Johnson ]

1 comment:

talking to strangers said...

The Montana Democratic Party continues to support wasting taxpayer dollars by sticking with SOS McCulloch and fighting against equal voting opportunities for Native voters. http://allianceforajustsociety.org/2014/03/voting-stations-on-reservations-would-protect-native-americans-right-to-vote-and-to-have-a-voice/