A language of United States

Alternate Names
Ahtna, Atna, Atnakenaege’, Copper River, Mednovskiy

45 (2015 census). Ethnic population: 500 (1995 M. Krauss).


Alaska: Cantwell, Chickaloon, and Copper river above Eyak river mouth, upper Susitna and Nenana drainages, 8 total communities; Washington state.

Language Status

8a (Moribund). Recognized language (2014, Official Languages of Alaska Law as amended, Alaska Statute 44.12.310). Language of registered tribe: Cheesh-Na Tribe, Chickaloon Native Village, Gulkana Village, Knik Tribe, Mentasta Traditional Council, Native Village of Cantwell, Native Village of Chitina, Native Village of Gakona, Native Village of Kluti Kaah (aka Copper Center), Native Village of Tazlina.

Language Use

Older adults only. Also use English [eng].

Language Development


Other Comments

Growing interest in use among the population.

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