Three Compelling Stories from Home and Away
Alaska — From ktoo.org
Governor Bill Walker signed an administrative order in Juneau officially declaring a linguistic emergency for Alaska Native languages.
The order recognizes the threat faced by indigenous languages and takes steps to revitalize them by directing state agencies to work more closely with tribal partners and use traditional place names on state signs.
Language advocates from across Alaska gathered Sunday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center to celebrate a milestone in indigenous language revitalization. The signing ceremony for Administrative Order 300 took place at a welcome reception for the First Alaskans Institute’s Social Justice Summit.
Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska President Richard Peterson was one of several Southeast Alaska Native representatives who welcomed attendees. Leaders like Peterson hope that Administrative Order 300 will help communities across the state reconnect with their culture in a meaningful way.
In a report this year, the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council warned that all 20 officially recognized Alaska Native languages are at risk of extinction by the end of this century.
Of the Alaska Native languages addressed by the order, one has already lost its last native speaker. The last fluent speaker of Eyak died 10 years ago, according to Native language preservation council.
National — From npr.org
Thirteen years ago, a pair of ruby slippers from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz were stolen from a Minnesota museum. Now, the FBI says the search is over.
No details of the recovery were provided with the announcement during a news conference.
The famous slippers, worn by Garland’s character Dorothy as she clicked her heels and repeated “there’s no place like home,” have been missing since August of 2005 when they were stolen in a smash-and-grab burglary at the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
The slippers have eluded hunters since then, even with several enticing rewards. Law enforcement offered an initial $250,000 reward for information leading to the slippers, and in 2015, an anonymous donor from Arizona offered a $1 million reward to anyone willing to come forward with the location of the slippers and the name of the person who stole them.
The search took investigators to some strange locations. Volunteers dove into the Tioga Mine Pit mine in Itasca County four times in 2015 to search for the slippers but came up empty. In 2011, law enforcement searched the San Diego home of a man who claimed to have the slippers but ultimately was hiding the wrong pair.
The missing slippers, which were insured for $1 million, have serial numbers and Garland’s name scrawled on the inside. The museum hired a private investigation firm in 2013 to continue working on the case.
The other three remaining pairs are outside of Minnesota, located at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Smithsonian and in a private collection.
International — From uk.reuters.com
In Peru, Hitler hopes to return to power in a small town in the Andes, despite a threat from a detractor named Lennin.
Campaign slogans reading “Hitler returns” and “Hitler with the people” have appeared around the highland town of Yungar, where local politician Hitler Alba is seeking a new term as mayor.
“I’m the good Hitler,” Alba said on local broadcaster RPP.
Stressing that he rejects what Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler stood for, Alba said he wants to oversee a fair and transparent government in Yungar, a farming town in Peru’s central Andes.
But Alba’s campaign this year came under attack by Lennin Vladimir Rodriguez Valverde, a resident of a neighboring district who tried to block Alba’s inscription as a candidate.
Electoral authorities rejected the request, allowing Hitler to appear on voting cards for the October 7th elections.
In Peru and elsewhere in Latin America, parents often choose foreign and exotic sounding first names for their children despite negative associations abroad.
Last year an Osama Vinladen was named to Peru’s national juvenile football team.
Alba said his father was unaware of who Adolf Hitler was when he named him. After learning the history behind it, Alba said he considered changing his name but eventually accepted it.