Alaska natives working to restore diminishing languages

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Alaska native languages are diminishing, with fewer and fewer fluent speakers. Alaska lawmakers and native language speakers are fighting to restore indigenous languages. Over the past four days, ten language teams shared their ideas through posters, stories, songs and speeches. They highlighted their reasons for being there and why they want to ensure the survival of Alaska's Native languages. They're working together to revitalize their languages.
Recently, the Alaska Native Language Preservation Advisory Council predicted most of the state's indigenous languages could be extinct by the end of the 21st century.
Many believe this a critical time to invest in Alaska Native Languages.
"The reason I came is because I love my language, and I think there's a really big importance to it, the existence of my language as well as other Alaskan Native languages. One of my grandfather's Paul John, he really was like a frontier man to keep our language alive, so just following his ways," said Regina Therchik from Toksook Bay.
One woman also stated, it's never too late to learn a new language.