'A Federal Judge has [made a preliminary ruling] that Yup'ik is not an historically written language. The ruling is part of a lawsuit brought on by Yup'ik elders and tribes against the State of Alaska and the City of Bethel. The ruling by Judge Timothy Burgess could limit the kind of language assistance the state is required to provide.'
The audio file on the site explains that this lawsuit was brought up by the Alaska ACLU because the tribe was seeking further support in translating voting materials into Yup'ik and more support is mandated for 'historically written languages.'
However the story says that this ruling may not preclude additional translation support (in fact the final ruling may clarify what is needed). Also, the state may actually record CD-ROMs.