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The Alaskan government is scrambling to fulfill its obligation to welcome native communities' votes on a state tax resolution in August. That means paying translators (at up to $50 a hour) to set out the measure for communities using the languages Yup'ik, Inupiak, Siberian Yupik, Koyukon Athabascan and Gwich'in Athabascan. The tax measure must also be available on audio — for communities that rely on the "oral tradition." For example, the yes-or-no tax question in Yup'ik is "Una-qaa alerquun ciuniurumanrilli?"

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