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Nome Inupiaq School Aims for 2020 Launch

Marjorie Tahbone, the vice chair of Inuusiq, Inc., teaching an Inupiaq class at the Nome high school.

Bilingual schools for early child learning have long been a priority of those pushing for Alaska Native language revitalization. As debates over public education funding rage across the state, privately-funded learning initiatives — such as an Inupiaq immersion school in Nome — push forward with their plans.

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Budget Cuts Cost Nome its Youth Facility

The Nome Youth Facility. Photo: Laura Kraegel, KNOM.

Governor Mike Dunleavy’s line item vetoes have resulted in the closure of the Nome Youth Facility. The fourteen-bed facility will be forced to relocate its youth, after it was de-funded in the Governor’s effort to balance the state budget.

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