FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Native language education program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has received a $1 million, five-year federal grant.
The grant from the U.S. Department of Education is for a program designed to preserve threatened Athabascan languages.
The money will fund two fellowships for students seeking graduate degrees in education with an emphasis on Native language. It will also fund two fellowships for students seeking a bachelor's degree in linguistics, Alaska Native studies, education or another relevant field.
Students can focus on one of seven Athabascan languages at the university's language center. All 11 Athabascan languages are on the verge of extinction, said Patrick Marlow, an assistant professor at the Alaska Native Language Center.
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