Russia should begin winking at Alaska
Russia should begin winking at Alaska like a pretty Russian woman!
How? Well, Russian legislators can more than begin to do that through language preservation laws, allowing indigenous tribes, but also other groups speaking languages other than Russian, to also study and preserve their second (and third) languages.
While Moscow's "annexation" of Crimea was condemned worldwide by most of the arrogant UN member states, most of these aligned with the gravy train represented by the US and the EU, most people that are part of the Fourth and Fifth Worlds — two of the three more local, and more humble worlds not represented or catered to by the UN and First World powers — have had surprisingly different reactions to Russia. Russia should begin to take notes on this.
Some people in Alaska are even yearning for the days when they, too, were part of Mother Russia, and are holding a petition on the White House website — created by "S.V." of Anchorage — which calls on Alaskans and others to "vote" for Alaska to secede from the US, and become a part of Russia.
This petition, as Intermicronational News and others have reported in the recent past, is doing extremely well.
If Russian legislators are smart, they should more than just introduce legislation to promote language preservation in any current federal subject of Russia, and Russia should also at least help country subdivisions, states with limited recognition, stateless nations, micronations and other minorities which are friendly to Russia with limited assistance to ensure the success also of their language preservation efforts.
Of course, these are just suggestions, but they are the kind of suggestions that align themselves with goodwill towards Russia and its government. Anything which protects a cultural, national, ethnic or tribal identity, and not just the corporate identities which receive lots of help in the US and the EU through legislation designed to protect only corporate interests, will be seen in the positive light it deserves from a human rights point of view, and will open up many doors.
One of the four major national missions of the United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA) is "to preserve as much linguistic diversity as is practical, culturally desirable, and economically feasible". We now attempt to achieve this goal by supporting organisations which are clearly in the business of supporting and assisting the protection and promotion of endangered languages, but we can do so only with economic limits, and also human resource limits, as the UMMOA population is very small. Russia, on the other hand, can become the first sovereign state on Earth to see the global problem of loss of linguistic diversity on a national, not just international level, and Russia does have the economic, as well as human resources to do this!
Many Native American languages have been lost through forced assimilation. A new language preservation effort before the US Congress — still in the non-implementation stage — aims to ensure they're never forgotten. Similar efforts are being pushed on the individual US state level in Alaska, in order to protect Alaska Native languages by making them official languages within the state.
However well-intended these efforts are, only in theory at this stage, they are also hypocritical and limited, because many European and non-European languages are gradually disappearing in the US through a policy of deliberate neglect, and at the expense of the monolithic English and the Spanish alternative, the only languages that are extensively taught throughout the US on a high school level. Any other foreign or native language preservation effort is thus a private, not a public effort in the US, and there are well-funded Doctors Without Borders, and Reporters Without Borders organisations, but Linguists Without Borders still doesn't have a website more dedicated than a general WordPress website.
The UN doesn't fair better with its exclusive emphasis on six languages only, and even this emphasis is hardly egalitarian towards all six languages.
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Native American Language Immersion Student Achievement Act (Wikipedia)
Native Language Immersion Student Achievement Act (S. 1948)
Text of S. 1948: Native Language Immersion Student Achievement Act
Alaska House Bill 216: Bill History/Action for 28th Legislature
Thousands sign WhiteHouse.gov petition for Alaska to secede — to Russia
'Alaska back to Russia' petition
UMMOA extends national mission to practical language preservation (links to translations in Italian, French, Russian, and Spanish at the bottom)