FAIRBANKS, Alaska — An Alaska foundation is hoping to revitalize five native languages through online education with help from a $900,000 grant.

The Doyon Foundation recently announced the grant awarded by the nonprofit Administration for Native Americans, which works to promote self-sufficiency in cultural preservation.

“This news is very exciting, and this project will be a huge assist to those wanting to teach and learn their ancestral language,” Allan Hayton, director of the foundation’s language revitalization program, said in a news release.

The foundation will use The Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance Grant to create 280 online lessons focusing on Holikachuk, Denaakke, Benhti Kenaga, Han and Dinjii Zhuh Kyaa languages. The courses will be available for educators and students throughout Alaska, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported (http://bit.ly/2cbjMb4).

The project is being worked on through a partnership with an organization called 7,000 Languages, which aims to preserve languages throughout the world.

The foundation plans to eventually create online lessons for all languages used in the Doyon region of Alaska and Canada.

“Our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren deserve to have the opportunity to learn their language,” the foundation’s executive director, Doris Miller, said in the release.


Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com