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Mining & Drilling

article Alaska at center of Trump administration’s drive to drill public lands during pandemic
(7/9/2020)
(Alaska) -- Traditional subsistence hunting has always been a pillar of life along Alaska’s remote North Slope. Dependable migrations of bowhead whales, Arctic...
article New analysis shows seismic risks related to Pebble mine
(7/5/2020)
(Alaska) -- New analysis commissioned by Bristol Bay fishermen contends that plans for the Pebble mine project and environmental review do not adequately account for...
article Sovereign Iñupiat for a Living Arctic response to Alaska Congressional Delegation regarding the Reality of Racism
(6/27/2020)
(Alaska) -- Recently the Alaska Congressional delegation, Don Young, Dan Sullivan, and Lisa Murkoski shamefully attempted to utilize this moment of racial spotlight to...
article Questions surround Pebble Mine’s environmental review
(6/11/2020)
(Alaska) -- Just months away from deciding whether to permit construction of the proposed Pebble Mine, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is wrapping up its...
article As the Pebble Mine Nears a Decision, Questions Surround its Environmental Review
(6/10/2020)
(Alaska) -- Just months away from deciding whether to permit construction of the proposed Pebble Mine, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is wrapping up its...
article Shunning virus and Big Oil, Alaska tribe revives traditions
(6/10/2020)
(Alaska) -- Arriving home on one of the last regular flights before pandemic restrictions went into effect in mid-February, Sarah James got to her house to find two...
article Shunning virus and Big Oil, Alaska tribe revives traditions
(6/9/2020)
(Alaska) -- Arriving home on one of the last regular flights before pandemic restrictions went into effect in mid-February, Sarah James got to her house to find two...
article EPA opts not to delay controversial Alaska mine for now
(5/29/2020)
(Alaska) -- A top official at the Environmental Protection Agency informed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Alaska late Thursday that the EPA would not formally...
article Pebble opponents in Bristol Bay say they will refuse access to lands for controversial mine project
(5/26/2020)
(Alaska) -- A major change by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for surface access for the proposed Pebble Mine has raised more worries about the project among rural...
article Owners of Diamond Point Deny Pebble Use of Property
(5/25/2020)
(Alaska) -- Igiugig Village Council (IVC) responded today to the news that the Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) applied to alter their Project Description to “...
article Groups accuse Corps of Engineers of last-minute change favoring Pebble mine
(5/23/2020)
(Alaska) -- A federal agency on Friday announced a preferred transportation route for precious metals leaving the proposed Pebble mine, angering groups opposed to the...
article Environmental watchdogs are raising alarms over Pebble and other projects. But is anyone listening?
(5/20/2020)
(Alaska) -- Pebble Mine opponent Lindsey Bloom thought she had the goods. When she saw a video showing an executive from Pebble’s parent company make a pitch to...
12 Total Articles on this Issue

COVID-19

article Coronavirus pandemic puts Alaska’s epidemiologists front and center
(7/8/2020)
(Alaska) -- Before COVID-19 arrived in the U.S., you might not have thought much about the role of epidemiology in your life. But behind the scenes, Alaska’s...
article Western Alaska village complains of stigma following COVID tests
(7/3/2020)
(Alaska) -- An official at one Alaska village says residents have been humiliated and discriminated against after the regional health corporation announced two people...
article Masking in Glory: Alaska Native Artists Make Museum-Worthy Masks that Reflect, Protect their Culture
(6/28/2020)
(Alaska) -- Alaska Native artists have been mask-making like mad since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of their ingeniously indigenized masks have already...
article Alaska tribes facing food supply restrictions during pandemic seek to hunt out of season
(6/23/2020)
(Alaska) -- Alaska Native tribal governments and other communities have submitted emergency requests to hunt out of season as the coronavirus pandemic causes food supply...
article Napaskiak Locks Down, Quinhagak Opens Up Following Positive Coronavirus Cases
(6/17/2020)
(Alaska) -- The village of Napaskiak is now on lockdown after a resident received a positive coronavirus test result on June 15. Further down the coast, the village of...
article NAC: The COVID-19 threat for rural Alaska
(6/17/2020)
(Alaska) -- Alaska has been spared the high coronavirus infections rates of most other states, but cases are on the rise. It’s a worry, particularly for rural...
article Alaskan Native Tribes Face Health and Government Challenges With Fishing Season
(6/15/2020)
(Alaska) -- Like many tribal members in Alaska, Melanie Brown lost a generation of her family to influenza in 1918. Now, with Covid-19 circulating among the tens of...
article Seafood industry workers test positive for COVID-19, marking first cases In Unalaska
(6/3/2020)
(Alaska) -- The City of Unalaska has confirmed its first local cases of COVID-19. Two seafood industry workers tested positive for the virus on Wednesday. The two men...
article $2.4 million going to Alaska tribes to support COVID-19 response
(5/28/2020)
(Alaska) -- Nine organizations in Alaska are receiving part of $15 million the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded to assist tribes, tribal...
article Alaska Aims To Keep Salmon Fisherman, Resident Safe During Pandemic
(5/27/2020)
(Alaska) -- Alaska is moving ahead with its salmon fishing season despite concerns about the coronavirus. Thousands from across the country are headed to the world's...
article Alaska was coming out of recession when COVID-19 hit. Now the future is more unclear than ever before.
(5/21/2020)
(Alaska) -- How deep will the downturn be, and what will it take before we can say Alaska’s economy is in recovery? What are the benchmarks and what will state...
article Alaska Native veterans cut off from help struggle amid pandemic, chief says
(5/14/2020)
(Alaska) -- William Smith and his brother both served in Vietnam, his brother a few years before him. Smith's brother died of Agent Orange exposure, lying in a...
article NAC: Alaska’s fishing season vs. coronavirus fears
(5/14/2020)
(Alaska) -- As the commercial fishing season in Alaska nears, residents and medical professionals are worried about the potential coronavirus threat posed by the...
13 Total Articles on this Issue

CARES act

article Alaska Native corporations to garner tribal pandemic relief
(7/6/2020)
(Alaska) -- The National Congress of American Indians criticized a June 26 court decision clearing the way for Alaska Native Corporations to receive shares of the $8...
article Skagway Traditional Council offers CARES funds to members and staff
(7/2/2020)
(Alaska) -- On May 31, Skagway Traditional Council (STC) began accepting applications to distribute up to $7,000 of CARES Act funding to eligible members. STC staff who...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

False Idols

article Alaska tribe to decide fate of Captain Cook statue
(7/2/2020)
(Alaska) -- The mayor of Anchorage has asked the Native Village of Eklutna to determine what happens to a statue of a British explorer following calls for its removal as...
article Alaska tribe to decide fate of Captain Cook statue
(7/2/2020)
(Alaska) -- The mayor of Anchorage has asked the Native Village of Eklutna to determine what happens to a statue of a British explorer following calls for its removal as...
article Alaska tribe to decide fate of European explorer statue
(6/27/2020)
(Alaska) -- The mayor of Anchorage has asked the Native Village of Eklutna to determine what happens to a statue of a British explorer following calls for its removal as...
article ‘Take them all down’: Statues spark discussion about colonialism in Alaska
(6/26/2020)
(Alaska) -- In St. Paul, Minnesota, leaders from the American Indian Movement of the Twin-Cities orchestrated and helped in the toppling of a Christopher Columbus statue...
article Native Village of Eklutna will decide what to do with Captain Cook statue in downtown Anchorage
(6/25/2020)
(Alaska) -- Following calls on social media for the statue of Captain James Cook to be removed from downtown Anchorage, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has asked the Native...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Alaska Native Corporations

article Effort to have term limits for Sealaska board fails, and other news from the 2020 annual meeting
(7/1/2020)
(Alaska) -- An effort to institute term limits for Sealaska’s 13-member board of directors has failed despite receiving a majority of ‘yes’ votes from...
1 Article on this Issue

ANWR

article Shunning virus and big oil, Alaska tribe fights on
(7/1/2020)
(Alaska) -- Arriving home on one of the last regular flights before pandemic restrictions went into effect in mid-February, Sarah James got to her house to find two...
article Interior opens more of Alaska reserve to oil development
(6/25/2020)
(Alaska) -- More than 18 million acres of a petroleum reserve in Alaska will be opened to oil and gas drilling under a plan released Thursday by federal officials, who...
article Trump administration moves to make millions more acres available for oil and gas leasing in Alaska reserve
(6/25/2020)
(Alaska) -- A federal agency on Thursday released a final management plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, proposing to make 7 million additional acres of land...
article Oil exploration could leave decades-long scarring in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska researchers report
(6/20/2020)
(Alaska) -- Modern seismic work conducted for oil companies could leave decades-long scars on the tundra, similar to tracks left by heavy vehicles in the 1980s,...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Cultural Appropriation

article Lawsuit over cultural appropriation of Native designs proceeds, despite Neiman Marcus bankrupty
(7/1/2020)
(Alaska) -- Neiman Marcus is one of the clothing retailers that’s seen a decline in sales because of the coronavirus. The company filed for bankruptcy in early May...
1 Article on this Issue

Food Sovereignty

article With food supplies threatened by pandemic, tribes say they’re still waiting for permission for special hunts
(6/22/2020)
(Alaska) -- Tribal governments and other communities in Alaska have been waiting for nearly two months for an answer to emergency hunting requests. The pandemic has...
1 Article on this Issue

First Nations

article First Nation education agreements to be signed
(6/18/2020)
(Alaska) -- School District 60 says it will sign Monday a pair of local education agreements with the Doig River and Halfway River First Nations.The school district says...
1 Article on this Issue

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

article Unheard: Alaska has the highest rate of sexual assault in the nation.
(6/13/2020)
(Alaska) -- Alaska has the highest rate of sexual assault in the nation, nearly four times the national average. About one third of women in Alaska have experienced...
1 Article on this Issue

Bears

article A new federal rule will make it easier to hunt bears, wolves on national preserves in Alaska
(6/11/2020)
(Alaska) -- The Trump administration published a new rule this week overturning an Obama-era ban on controversial hunting and trapping techniques on national preserves...
article New “Amazingly Cruel” Trump Public Land Rules Will Let Alaska Hunters Kill Bear Cubs in Dens
(5/28/2020)
(Alaska) -- The Trump administration is finalizing rules that will allow hunters in Alaska’s national preserves to shoot bears and wolves, and their cubs and pups...
article NAC: Polar bears caught in the middle
(5/28/2020)
(Alaska) -- Polar bears have a strong cultural significance for Alaska Natives and Indigenous people of the Arctic. They’re a food source and are included in traditional...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article Gov. Dunleavy signs agreement returning Alaska Native land, including historic cemetery, to tribe
(6/11/2020)
(Alaska) -- The state of Alaska will return a historic Native cemetery and portions of a traditional townsite to the Gulkana tribal government under a new agreement...
article Forest Service Set to Rule on Road Building in Tongass National Forest
(6/9/2020)
(Alaska) -- In a few weeks, the Trump administration will make a final decision about the fate of one of the world’s last remaining temperate forests. The Tongass...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Trump Adminstration

article Trump administration to make it easier for hunters to kill bear cubs and wolf pups in Alaska
(6/8/2020)
(Alaska) -- Hunters will soon be allowed to venture into national parks in Alaska and engage in practices that conservation groups say are reprehensible: baiting...
1 Article on this Issue

Census

article Census undercount may lead to less funding for Tlingit and Haida
(6/3/2020)
(Alaska) -- Southeast Alaska’s largest tribe is reminding citizens that it could see a loss in funding if they don’t report in the 2020 census. Tlingit and...
article AFN urges all Alaska Natives to be counted in 2020
(5/25/2020)
(Alaska) -- The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN), the largest native organization in the state, wants Native Alaskans to be prepared before they fill out the 2020...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Native Voices

article Public broadcasters in Alaska face a convergence of crises
(5/26/2020)
(Alaska) -- Public broadcasters in Alaska are getting help from financial assistance programs due to the pandemic but still face an uncertain future amid the state...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Despite abuse allegations, a Jesuit with Alaska ties worked for a prominent Northwest university for years
(7/11/2020)
(Alaska) -- In 2011, the Jesuit Order in the Northwest settled a bankruptcy case for $166 million. It’s one of the largest settlements in Catholic church history....
article Fate Velaise : Alaska Native Tribes must act fast to close digital divide
(7/8/2020)
(Alaska) -- Throughout my life, my grandma, Mary Jane Fate, imparted the importance of education on my brothers and me. We understood early on that education is the...
article Making A Medicine Bag In A Pandemic
(7/6/2020)
(Alaska) -- An artist from Kasigluk has used his time during the pandemic to make a medicine bag. Golga Oscar was attending the Institute of American Indian Arts in...
article Central Council of Tlingit and Haida fireworks sale draws hundreds
(7/4/2020)
(Alaska) -- The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida fireworks sale was a big hit from day one. Tlingit and Haida President Richard Chalyee Éesh Peterson said the sale...
article BOOK: Stories of cultural resilience in the art of Northwest coastal and Alaska Native people seen in new book
(7/4/2020)
(Alaska) -- As a child growing up near Seattle, few things about my regional surroundings were as enchanting to me as the art of Northwest coastal Natives. It adorned...
article Four Alaska Villages recieve grants in first round of HUD program
(7/3/2020)
(Alaska) -- This week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the first round of grants to be issued as part of the Indian Community Development Block...
article Petersburg to unveil new mural to honor Native civil rights leader Elizabeth Peratrovich
(7/2/2020)
(Alaska) -- At a time when monuments of colonizers and slave owners are being debated and removed across the country, a mural is going up this July Fourth in the...
article Petersburg to unveil new mural to honor Native civil rights leader Elizabeth Peratrovich
(7/1/2020)
(Alaska) -- At a time when monuments of colonizers and enslavers are being debated and removed across the country, a mural is going up this July 4th in the birth place...
article Ninth Circuit Stands By Decision to Let ‘Fairbanks 4’ Sue for Malicious Prosecution
(6/26/2020)
(Alaska) -- The Ninth Circuit on Friday refused to reconsider a decision that will allow four men who spent 18 years in prison for a murder they didn’t commit to sue the...
article Tlingit and Haida talks tribal courts at weekly luncheon
(6/26/2020)
(Alaska) -- The sovereignty of the people of Southeast Alaska factored heavily into Tlingit and Haida’s lunchtime chat as participants talked about the tribal court...
article Joni Bryant charged with embezzling funds from a tribal organization in Alaska
(6/26/2020)
(Alaska) -- U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced Thursday that an Anchorage woman has been federally charged with embezzling approximately $174,290 from the Alaska...
article Anchorage woman charged with embezzling funds from tribal organization
(6/25/2020)
(Alaska) -- Former Executive Director of the Alaska Native Harbor Seal Commission, Joni Raelle Bryant, is facing multiple counts of embezzlement for allegedly embezzling...
article Iḷisaġvik College awards its first bachelor’s degree
(6/22/2020)
(Alaska) -- Iḷisaġvik College in Utqiaġvik awarded its first bachelor’s degree. It’s the first Tribal college in Alaska to do so. Anchorage resident Darian Danner...
article Alaska Native children’s TV show wins Peabody Award
(6/20/2020)
(Alaska) -- The first nationally distributed children’s series to feature an Alaska Native as the lead character has been awarded a prestigious Peabody Award. KTVA-TV...
article Tribal governments have been waiting since April for permission to hunt during pandemic
(6/20/2020)
(Alaska) -- Tribal governments and other communities in Alaska have been waiting for nearly two months for an answer to emergency hunting requests. The pandemic has...
article Petersburg’s tribal government takes on meal deliveries to seniors during pandemic
(6/15/2020)
(Alaska) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a program for low cost meals for seniors in Petersburg to a delivery-only mode. And for the past few months that delivery...
article High levels of toxins found in blue mussels from Juneau shellfish
(6/8/2020)
(Alaska) -- Researchers say they have found elevated levels of toxins in Juneau area shellfish that can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning. The toxins come from harmful...
article The teacher who returned to the rural Alaska village where she was abused is not staying silent
(6/7/2020)
(Alaska) -- A few years ago, Marie Sakar moved to the village of Chuathbaluk in Western Alaska to teach at the tiny village school. It meant returning to the place she...
article Indigenous Alaskan Tribes May Have Hunted Sea Otters Thousands of Years Ago, but Not for Food
(6/6/2020)
(Alaska) -- The Tlingit tribe is an indigenous group living on island communities in southern Alaska. Before the disappearance of the mammals for more than a century,...
article Traditional Knowledge Predicts Late Salmon Runs This Year
(6/4/2020)
(Alaska) -- Salmon are beginning to swim up the river, and many people are watching to see what kind of run there will be on the Kuskokwim this year. James Nicori, one...

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