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Court rules against Yup'ik as an historically written language

July 18, 2008

A Federal Judge has ruled that Yup’ik is not an historically written language. The ruling is part of a lawsuit brought on by Yup’ik elders and tribes against the State of Alaska and the City of Bethel. The ruling by Judge Timothy Burgess could limit the kind of language assistance the state is required to provide.

Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel

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