FAIRBANKS — Gov. Sean Parnell appointed five professional language experts from across the state to the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council on Thursday. The council’s purpose is to advise the governor and Legislature to ensure the protection of Alaska Native languages.
• Stephen Walkie Charles of Fairbanks, an assistant professor of Yup’ik Eskimo at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
• Delores Churchill of Ketchikan, one of the few remaining speakers of Haida and also a renowned basket weaver.
• April Gale Laktonen Counceller of Kodiak, an assistant professor of Alutiiq language and culture at Kodiak College and the language manager at Alutiiq Museum.
• Bernadette Yaayuk Alvanna-Stimpfle of Nome, an Inupiaq instructor at the UAF Northwest Campus and Eskimo Heritage Program Director at Kawerak Inc.
• Annette Evans-Smith of Anchorage, president and CEO of the Alaska Native Heritage Center.