Alaska election information to be translated into Yup'ik

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February 22, 2010

Juneau, Alaska: The Yup'ik language, which is spoken by approximately 12,000 people in the western part of Alaska, will now be found in translation on the state's website. A lawsuit settlement was announced on Friday, February 19, 2010, which included posting translations of election information from English to the Eskimo-Aleut language on the site, according to the Alaska Attorney General. The arguments in support and opposition of proposed ballot measures will be sent to Yup'ik villages 30 days before election day.[1][2]

The argument was filed on behalf of elders and tribal councils of Yup'ik speaking tribes, with leaders stating that the Alaska Division of Elections should give assistance and provide ballots in the language. The lawsuit was filed by the Native American Rights Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union in 2007.[2]

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