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Language Statistics

Available data from the schools in the
Aleutian and Pribilof Islands current as of October 10, 2000

(Left: % of Native students enrolled;
Right: data from 1994 Alice Taff, 1995 Panuu Hallamaa
*Since this data is 5+ years old a number
of the speakers counted are now deceased).

50% or more enrolled Native students:
Atka 100%
44 speakers in village, youngest speakers 25
Akutan 100%
4 speakers in village, youngest speakers 70
St. Paul 97%
40 speakers in village, youngest speakers 50+
St. George 100%
15 speakers in village, youngest speakers 50+
King Cove 91%
10 speakers in village, youngest speakers 60+
Sand Point 86%
3 speakers in village, youngest speakers 60+
False Pass 83%
2 speakers in village, unknown age
Adak 73%
no data
Nelson Lagoon 81%
no speakers of Unangam tunuu in village (not a traditional village, but some people have moved there & it is within the region for some school, health, & business purposes)

Nikolski 44% 12 speakers in village, youngest speakers 45-50
Unalaska 19% 20 speakers in village, youngest speakers 60+
  (It is significant to note that while only 19% of the Unalaska School population is Native, they hired a certificated teacher, a trained linguist, to teach Unangam Tunuu K-12. Unalaska has had an ongoing record of involvement in cultural activities and events -most recently the basketry exhibit and conference, but also in the revival of traditional hat and mask making, and oral narrative appreciation. They hosted Camp Qungaayu{, a culture camp, for three years, coming on board first with the AKRSI to do so, and involve people from other communities as well. The Native Parent Advisory Committee there has always sought ways to share as much as possible with newcomers so that they could understand more about this place they came to live. We hope that the language initiative would serve more than the 50% Native student schools to benefit Alaska and, ultimately, the world.

*There are many other communities who do a lot in this area, but we use this example to point out that this 50% "rule" should not preclude the participation of interested, hard working communities who will also need support and information.
Cold Bay 17% no data (demographics in this population are reported to vary widely according to district office)
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