Oct 23, 2018
When you are talking about languages, things are not as simple as they seem.
Native Alaskans make up about 20 percent of the state’s population. Within that community, there are 20 official native languages and within those, multiple sub-dialects, according to Indra Arriaga, the Elections Language Assistance Compliance Manager for the Alaska Division of Elections (DOE). “These languages are like Russian nesting dolls, with numerous dialects depending on the region.”