Even though 1 out of 6 Alaskans speak something other than English at home, a 1998 ballot initiative required Alaska and its local governments to only use English. The ACLU of Alaska and the Native American Rights Fund sued and successfully argued that this English-Only law violated Alaskans' constitutional rights to free speech and to petition the government.
 
Status: The Alaska Supreme Court agreed and decided that while the government may keep its official records in English, it could not refuse to communicate with the public in other languages. 

Court

Alaska Supreme Court

Status

Victory!

Case number

S-10590

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