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Mining & Drilling

article Exploration under way for southeast Alaska mine project
(6/23/2019)
(Alaska) -- The developer of a proposed mine in southeast Alaska is moving ahead with exploration following a favorable court decision. Constantine Metal Resources took...
article Protect our culture and lifestyle
(6/22/2019)
(Alaska) -- The destruction of subsistence food and activity is the destruction an annihilation of a culture and people as will happen with the Pebble Mine and Donlin...
article Critics say state attempts to expand drilling waste that can be released in Cook Inlet
(5/27/2019)
(Alaska) -- Cook Inlet watchdog groups and fishermen are coming out against a new state plan they say will allow oil companies to boost the amount of drilling and...
article Judge dismisses lawsuit brought by fishermen and paid for by Pebble
(5/18/2019)
(Alaska) -- A lawsuit brought by a small group of Bristol Bay commercial fishermen to keep a seafood marketing group from spending money to stop the Pebble copper and...
article Environmental and Native American groups appeal against Alaskan mining permit
(5/15/2019)
(Alaska) -- Environmental and Native American groups are continuing their campaign against a proposed multi-deposit mine in the US state of Alaska, appealing a federal...
article Alaska tribes say state unwilling to consult on projects
(4/25/2019)
(Alaska) -- The Alaska governor's administration has refused to consult with two Native tribes on proposed projects, the tribes have said. The Orutsararmiut Native...
article Dunleavy Administration declines Kuskokwim Tribes government-to-government Donlin Gold Project Consultation
(4/24/2019)
(Alaska) -- On January 30, 2019, Orutsararmiut Native Corporation sent a letter to the Dunleavy administration requesting government-to-government consultation regarding...
article Two Tribes, Dunleavy At Odds Over Tribal Sovereignty
(4/24/2019)
(Alaska) -- Two tribes say that Gov. Mike Dunleavy and his administration aren’t doing enough to consult with their leaders on big issues facing the state. The...
article DNR Commissioner denies tribes’ requests for consultation on mining projects
(4/23/2019)
(Alaska) -- The Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan is one of three native groups accusing the Dunleavy administration of eroding government-to-government relations with...
article As Pebble hearings continue, large turnouts and varied testimony
(4/15/2019)
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continued its series of public hearings on the proposed Pebble Mine and the project’s draft environmental review last...
article Pebble backs lawsuit to halt Bristol Bay seafood association’s funding for anti-mine groups
(4/7/2019)
(Alaska) -- Six Bristol Bay commercial fishermen are suing a regional seafood association they belong to, challenging over $250,000 in contracts it made with groups that...
article Trump’s Order to Open Arctic Waters to Oil Drilling Was Unlawful, Federal Judge Finds
(3/30/2019)
(Alaska) -- In a major legal blow to President Trump’s push to expand offshore oil and gas development, a federal judge ruled that an executive order by Mr. Trump...
article Court rules against Klukwan, conservation groups in BLM permitting lawsuit
(3/22/2019)
(Alaska) -- A federal court ruled that the Bureau of Land Management does not have to consider future impacts of mine development before approving activities for mineral...
article Feds Turn Deaf Ear to Alaskans in Pebble EIS Process
(3/18/2019)
(Alaska) -- Federal regulators continue to ignore the requests of Bristol Bay Tribes, fishing organizations, State Legislators and the Alaska Delegation who have asked...
14 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article Some Alaska Native veterans get another opportunity to claim 160 acres
(6/20/2019)
(Alaska) -- Congress passed a law in March that gives Alaska Native veterans of the Vietnam War another chance to claim 160 acres of land. The Bureau of Land Management...
article Persistence paid off in the fight to give Native veterans another chance to receive land
(5/19/2019)
(Alaska) -- Nelson Angapak Sr. promised Sen. Ted Stevens to help Alaska Native veterans get another chance to apply for prized land allotments. It took two decades, but...
article Judge rejects Trump plan for road in Alaska wildlife refuge
(3/29/2019)
(Alaska) -- The Trump administration violated federal law with a proposed road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska, a federal judge ruled Friday, saying the...
article Some tribal governments say Alaska Roadless Rule decision moving too fast
(3/21/2019)
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Forest Service quietly hit another milestone in its ongoing efforts to consider building new roads in the Tongass National Forest. Last month, it...
article The Alaska Roadless Rule decision is moving along. Some tribal governments say it’s moving too fast.
(3/13/2019)
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Forest Service quietly hit another milestone in its ongoing efforts to consider building new roads in the Tongass National Forest. Last month, it...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Health Care

article Native American Student Association president devoted to improving health care for native people
(6/12/2019)
(Alaska) -- Caleb King grew up in Alaska, where 50 percent of the United States' federally recognized Native American tribes reside. Now at Indiana University...
1 Article on this Issue

DOJ

article AG Barr says ‘everything is on the table’ to solve Alaska’s public safety crisis
(6/10/2019)
(Alaska) -- Late last month, U.S. Attorney General William Barr spent three days touring Alaska with the congressional delegation to hear about and see for himself the...
article Murkowski Hosts U.S. Attorney General William Barr in Alaska
(6/4/2019)
(Alaska) -- U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently welcomed U.S. Attorney General William Barr to Alaska for a visit focusing on law enforcement and public safety...
article U.S. Attorney General Barr Says 'Everything Is On The Table' To Solve Public Safety Crisis
(6/4/2019)
(Alaska) -- Last week, U.S. Attorney General William Barr spent three days touring Alaska with the congressional delegation to hear about and see for himself the lack of...
article As he visits a Kuskokwim River village, the U.S. attorney general calls public safety in rural Alaska an ‘emergency’
(6/2/2019)
(Alaska) -- In a Western Alaska village at the end of a multi-day swing through the state, U.S. Attorney General William Barr called the lack of police and high rates of...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

IHS

article Pilot in deadly crash inexperienced with floatplanes, initial report says
(6/1/2019)
(Alaska) -- A pilot who crashed a commercial floatplane while landing at a southeast Alaska village had just five hours of floatplane experience when he began his...
1 Article on this Issue

Trump Adminstration

article Tlingit & Haida president impressed with Attorney General and public safety tour
(6/1/2019)
(Alaska) -- While U.S. Attorney General William Barr toured Alaska’s rural communities learning firsthand their public safety plights, one Southeast Alaska tribal...
article “Enough Is Enough”: Native Leaders Ask William Barr to Help Fix Alaska’s Law Enforcement Crisis
(5/30/2019)
(Alaska) -- Alaska Native leaders called on U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr for federal aid and greater authority for tribes to prosecute certain crimes, saying...
article Barr in Alaska to Talk Native American Violence
(5/29/2019)
(Alaska) -- Tribal representatives in Alaska told U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday that rural Alaska Natives suffer from multiple public safety problems,...
article Can ‘Indian country’ powers combat violence in rural Alaska? Sullivan says he’ll discuss it with AG Barr.
(5/28/2019)
(Alaska) -- U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr is coming to Alaska this week. Sen. Dan Sullivan said he will focus on rural law enforcement, particularly for the more than...
article US attorney general heading to Alaska for tribal roundtable
(5/28/2019)
(Alaska) -- U.S. Attorney General William Barr is heading to Alaska to meet with Native leaders and other officials on public safety concerns, including the...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

First Nations

article Opinion: Tlingit history and culture thrive as Hoonah expands cruise destination
(5/31/2019)
(Alaska) -- This brief 100-year-old news note about an Alaska salmon cannery hardly begins to tell the story of the importance of fishing and its relationship to the...
1 Article on this Issue

ANWR

article U.S. vows first oil lease sale in Alaska Arctic refuge this year
(5/30/2019)
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Interior Department is determined to sell oil leases for the first time this year in the ecologically sensitive but presumably petroleum-rich...
1 Article on this Issue

Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

article Native leaders rebuke state officials over failed talks on Alaska Tribal Child Welfare Compact
(5/23/2019)
(Alaska) -- The Alaska Federation of Natives and state tribal officials are criticizing Gov. Mike Dunleavy and the state of Alaska for backing out of negotiations over...
article Negotiations sour on tribal child welfare agreement
(5/23/2019)
(Alaska) -- Negotiations broke down last week over a compact between Alaska Native tribes, tribal organizations, and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services...
article Tribal officials blame state for stalled child welfare talks
(5/23/2019)
(Alaska) -- Alaska Native officials have criticized the state for backing out of negotiations over the Alaska Tribal Child Welfare Compact. The Fairbanks Daily News-...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

MMIW

article Lawless: One in three Alaska villages have no local police
(5/19/2019)
(Alaska) -- Village Police Officer Annie Reed heard her VHF radio crackle to life in the spring of 2018 with the familiar voice of an elder. I need help at my house, the...
article Portraits preserve memories of missing, murdered indigenous women
(5/5/2019)
(Alaska) -- Amber Webb looks at the white kuspuk that stands 20 feet tall and is 8 feet wide while serving as a back drop in a room used by the House Special Committee...
article Rally planned to bring attention to missing and murdered indigenous women, girls
(5/4/2019)
(Alaska) -- A rally and march are planned at 1 p.m. Sunday in downtown Fairbanks to shine a light on alarming rates of murdered and missing indigenous women and girls....
article Remembrance offers healing to Alaska Native community mourning missing and murdered women
(5/4/2019)
(Alaska) -- The list was five pages long. On it were written 191 names. Each name represented an Alaska Native woman or girl who has either gone missing or been killed,...
article Missing, murdered women: Artist tries to make crisis feel real
(5/2/2019)
(Alaska) -- Yupik artist Amber Webb is using a Sharpie to bring people face-to-face with a nationwide crisis. Years ago, a family friend of Webb’s went missing,...
article Anchorage gathering planned to remember missing Native women
(5/1/2019)
(Alaska) -- Alaska advocacy groups are hosting a public weekend ceremony in Anchorage to remember missing and murdered indigenous women. The free Saturday afternoon...
article US attorney general to see how Alaska tribal courts address violence against women
(4/11/2019)
(Alaska) -- The nation’s attorney general says he’s planning a trip to Alaska in order to witness its tribal courts and how they address violence against...
7 Total Articles on this Issue

Alaska Native Corporations

article State gets right of way in agreement with Native corporation over Klutina Lake Road
(5/18/2019)
(Alaska) -- A long-running battle over a rough track into an Alaska wilderness gem near Copper Center has resulted in an agreement that the state owns the right of way....
article Alaska native corporation settles lawsuit with whistleblower
(4/25/2019)
(Alaska) -- An Alaska Native corporation has settled a civil lawsuit filed by a former employee who says the corporation abused a federal program. The Kodiak Daily...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Food Sovereignty

article U.S. May Ease Rules Restricting Alaska Natives From Harvesting Seal Meat
(5/7/2019)
(Alaska) -- Nearly year-round, northern fur seals can be found on the beaches of the Bering Sea island of St. Paul, Alaska, or in the waters nearby. The small island...
1 Article on this Issue

National Congress of American Indians

article NCAI’s former director continues career by leading Indian housing program
(5/6/2019)
(Alaska) -- Jacqueline Pata, Tlingit, is leaving the National Congress of American Indians and starts her new role as the president and chief executive officer of the...
1 Article on this Issue

Code Talkers

article Alaska Native servicemen finally honored as Code Talkers
(3/29/2019)
(Alaska) -- Bean and the others had been forbidden to speak Tlingit as schoolchildren in their southeast Alaska villages. Later, they used it to provide the military...
article Tlingit Code Talkers feted in Alaska for World War II role
(3/28/2019)
(Alaska) -- Army veteran Richard Bean Sr. took his wartime secret to the grave, dying a hero without anyone knowing about it for decades. Now Bean and four other long-...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Cultural Appropriation

article Anchorage antique broker sold carvings as Alaska Native art, actually carved them himself, prosecutors say
(3/21/2019)
(Alaska) -- A well known Anchorage antique dealer is being charged with federal crimes, after an investigation by multiple agencies revealed he was selling carvings he...
1 Article on this Issue

Native Voices

article MOSES: Yup’ik (Cup’ik) Judicial Practices
(3/13/2019)
(Alaska) -- Yup’k and Cup’ik (Y/Cup’ik) Tribes make up the largest Indigenous or Native Group in Alaska. Their territory covers most of Southwestern...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Alaska governor fires back at AFN over criticism of his budget
(6/23/2019)
(Alaska) -- In a pointed letter to the head of the state’s largest Alaska Native organization, Gov. Mike Dunleavy took issue with the assertion that his proposed...
article Alutiiq Museum honors Native ancestors with memorial park
(6/22/2019)
(Alaska) -- After several years of planning, fundraising and landscaping, a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the Alutiiq Ancestors Memorial , heralding...
article Fishing Regulations On The Kuskokwim: Do They Restrict Yup'ik Culture Or Preserve it?
(6/20/2019)
(Alaska) -- The Kuskokwim River has now had three fishing openings for drift gillnets, but many people in Akiak are not happy. KYUK went fishing with the mayor of Akiak...
article Tribal Prophecy of a Warming Climate Becoming Dire Reality in Alaska
(6/19/2019)
(Alaska) -- A prophecy handed down over the generations by Noah Lincoln’s elders in the Nunakauyarmiut Tribe seemed to be coming true at 4 a.m. Monday. The inside...
article Tribal Prophecy of a Warming Climate Becoming Dire Reality in Alaska
(6/19/2019)
(Alaska) -- A prophecy handed down over the generations by Noah Lincoln’s elders in the Nunakauyarmiut Tribe seemed to be coming true at 4 a.m. Monday.
article OP/ED: Kotzebue focuses on housing, tribal family services
(6/14/2019)
(Alaska) -- Greetings, I'm Nicole Stoops, Executive Director of the Native Village of Kotzebue since 2015. Over the coming weeks and months, I will be providing a...
article Carver and teacher, Abel Ryan, shares Tsimshian traditions
(6/14/2019)
(Alaska) -- Abel Ryan is back where he started: Teaching art in the gallery of Sitka’s Sheldon Jackson Museum. The Tsimshian carver and engraver will be a familiar face...
article Chief of police hands over found Tlingit artifact to Petersburg Indian Association
(6/12/2019)
(Alaska) -- The Petersburg Indian Association has a new artifact in its collection, thanks to the sharp eye of local police chief Jim Kerr. The stone tool may be...
article Kake tribe urges renaming Saginaw Bay over Kake War connection
(6/10/2019)
(Alaska) -- State lawmakers have endorsed an Alaska Native tribe’s effort to change the name of Saginaw Bay to Skanax Bay. The body of water off Kuiu Island was named...
article Settlement allows Alaska inmate to wear some religious Native regalia
(6/10/2019)
(Alaska) -- A settlement will allow a descendant of the Cherokee Nation to wear some religious Native regalia while serving time in Alaska. According to an American...
article Alaska Native students get hands-on medical experience at UAA nursing camp
(6/6/2019)
(Alaska) -- Nurse Charlie Tyrrell is walking students through a wound care demonstration. 17-year-old Mariah Perez and her class partner Rayanne Alick are changing out a...
article Ancient Genomes Reveal Clues About Native Americans’ Past
(6/6/2019)
(Alaska) -- Sequencing the genomes of 34 individuals hailing from Siberia, Alaska, and the land bridge that connected the two between 600 and more than 31,000 years ago...
article MAGA hat sparks Sitka transit controversy
(6/6/2019)
(Alaska) -- A local bus system came under some scrutiny last week after one of its drivers asked a customer to remove his hat bearing a political message. ‘The Ride’ is...
article Ancient DNA sheds light on Arctic hunter-gatherer migration to North America around 5,000 years ago
(6/5/2019)
(Alaska) -- The first humans in North America arrived from Asia some time before 14,500 years ago. The next major stream of gene flow came about 5000 years ago, and is...
article ACLU of Alaska settles Native religious rights suit against Dept. of Corrections
(6/5/2019)
(Alaska) -- An American Indian man, currently serving time at Goose Creek Correctional Center, has settled a native religious rights suit against the Alaska Department...
article Climate change looks different in Southeast Alaska. Here’s how tribes are planning for that
(6/4/2019)
(Alaska) -- Alaska’s most recent plan to address climate change was removed from the state’s website back in December. Meanwhile, some municipalities and...
article Tlingit artist studies how to weave increasingly rare tunics
(6/2/2019)
(Alaska) -- A Juneau artist is working to become the fifth person alive who knows how to make an increasingly rare type of traditional clothing. Tlingit weaver Anastasia...
article Alaska school board to reconsider policy on Native attire
(6/1/2019)
(Alaska) -- Alaska school officials have discussed a potential update to a district policy concerning cultural dress at graduations. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner...
article Q&A: Can the State of Alaska emit policy over tribal governments?
(5/29/2019)
(Alaska) -- Perhaps you’ve heard of tribal governments. In May 2013, Edward Parks – a member of the Stevens Village tribe – assaulted his girlfriend who laid nearly...
article Legislators Back Tribal Plan to Rename SE Bay
(5/28/2019)
(Alaska) -- The Alaska House has endorsed a tribe’s effort to change the name of Saginaw Bay to Skanax Bay. Tribal leaders are pushing the change because the body of...

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