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JUNEAU – In response to the announcement that the Alaska Federation of Natives and several other groups are suing the Dunleavy Administration over the current lack of funding for the Power Cost Equalization Fund, the Alaska House Bush Caucus released the following statement:

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A coalition that includes the Alaska Federation of Natives and electric cooperatives sued Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Monday to force his administration to release money intended to help lower rural utility costs.

The Alaska Federation of Natives today through a state court filing disputed the legality of Governor Mike Dunleavy’s decision to “sweep” funds from the Power Cost Equalization Fund, a program that keeps rural electricity costs on par with urban areas of the state.  AFN and other plaintiffs …

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The annual World Eskimo-Indian Olympic Games (WEIO) will take place at the Big Dipper in Fairbanks from July 21 through 24, 2021. A four-day series of traditional Alaska Native athletic competitions, WEIO draws Native athletes and dancers from around the state, the United States, Canada and …

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What a thrill to be back at the ‘actual’ Anchorage Museum this July Fourth weekend, hearing ‘real’ voices from locals and tourists, cheerfully strolling while commenting about the art.  It felt like being awakened after a yearlong big nap, having experienced very bad nightmares. The exhibiti…

On October 23, 2020, I was sworn in as the Acting Mayor of Anchorage. 

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Until recently, my journey with journalism had been limited to the music and nightlife scene, a community with which I have been deeply involved for almost two years. I have worked with friends and colleagues that I have known since I began performing, mostly musicians, bartenders and busine…

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Friday that hundreds of millions of dollars in coronavirus relief money tied up in court should benefit Alaska Natives rather than be spread more broadly among Native American tribes around the U.S.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Sealaska Heritage Institute has released the first children’s book in the Haida language Xaad Kíl through its Baby Raven Reads program.

NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) — On oil well pads carved from the wheat fields around Lake Sakakawea, hundreds of pump jacks slowly bob to extract 100 million barrels of crude annually from a reservation shared by three Native American tribes.

The federal government will investigate its past oversight of Native American boarding schools and work to “uncover the truth about the loss of human life and the lasting consequences” of the institutions, which over the decades forced hundreds of thousands of children from their families an…

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — The remains of 10 more Native American children who died more than a century ago at a boarding school in central Pennsylvania are being disinterred and will be returned to their relatives, authorities said.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A city-owned museum will return works of art to two Alaskan Native American tribes that requested the items back in 2017, decades after they were acquired for collections.

Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) is proud to announce its partnership with the National Hockey League’s newest franchise, the Seattle Kraken. The partnership will provide unique opportunities for BBNC and its shareholders and descendants, its companies, and partners, as well as hockey e…

ANCHORAGE – An Anchorage woman pleaded guilty today to embezzling nearly $175,000 from the Alaska Native Harbor Seal Commission (ANHSC), which was primarily funded through federal grants issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Board of Directors named Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson as President, removing interim from the title, effective Monday, June 14. Davidson has been serving as Interim President since mid-March. With this change, Davidson is stepping down from…

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President Joe Biden's nominee to oversee Indigenous affairs at the Interior Department said Wednesday he won't impede tribes as they seek to improve infrastructure, public safety and the economy on their lands.

Dgheyey Kaq’, Dena’inaq ełnen’aq’ qilan (Anchorage, Alaska, lands of the Dena’ina) – First Alaskans Institute (FAI) Board of Trustees and Staff are deeply saddened by the passing of our Trustee, Senator Albert M. Kookesh (Tlingit), who walked into the forest today surrounded by his loving fa…

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has taken another poke at new Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Native American to hold the post.

One year and 88 days before President Nixon signed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act into law, I was born in Fairbanks Alaska, part Inupiaq and part mixed Caucasian heritage.

Seagulls swoop and dive, crying in the salty air. The waves of Nushagak Bay crash on sandbars and rocky shores. Machines rattle the warehouses on the cannery side of the village “where the beach flattened and the boardwalks grew tall.”

Alaska Native corporations’ and tribes’ economic and political power have advanced in tandem over the last fifty years. This progress could not have occurred without a strong federal statutory framework or without extraordinary leadership by state legislators in the ‘Bush Caucus.’ Today, the…

Each year on this date, labor unions, other advocacy groups and family members mark Workers Memorial Day in recognition of lives lost on the job. In 2019, the most recent year for which data is available, 5,333 workers died of traumatic injury or sudden illness. It’s as if the entire populat…

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When COVID-19 cases once again began rising in the United States this spring, it may have felt like déjà vu, a repeat of the early months of the pandemic. While cases are now starting to drop in many, but not all, of the hot spots, the country is still seeing upwards of 50,000 new cases a da…

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I, John Nasalook Tetpon, was born and raised in Shaktoolik, a small village of about 130 lnupiat people located on the shores of Norton Sound. That day, January 5, 1943, was said to be bitterly cold, with a stiff north wind blowing hard against the lightly insulated house we called home. Our…

A bill giving formal state recognition to Alaska Native tribes is moving through the Legislature. House Bill 123, sponsored by Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky, D-Bethel was voted out of the House State Affairs Committee April 22 after moving earlier from the House Special Committee on Tribal Affairs.

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In 1995, President Bill Clinton issued a formal apology to the indigenous people of north and central Alaska used in the U.S. military’s iodine studies between 1955 and 1957. The purpose of the experiments was to find out what made Alaska Natives so well conditioned to live and thrive in ext…

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The Rural Alaska Students in One-Health Research (RASOR) program started its second year in 2021 ready to tackle new challenges. Ten Southeast Alaska students from Metlakatla, Petersburg, Sitka, and Craig and three Mt. Edgecumbe students from Unalakleet, Huslia, and Tyonek joined this year. …

The Alaska Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2 Spirit Relatives working group comprised of the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center, Data for Indigenous Justice, Native Movement, Native Peoples Action with the Alaska Native Justice Center and So…

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Tyonek Tribal Conservation District (TTCD) is proud to announce that Dr. Laurie Stuart has accepted the position of Executive Director. Dr. Stuart was chosen from a field of qualified applicants to join TTCD in its mission to conserve, enhance, and encourage the wise use of the natural resou…

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Born and raised in Unalakleet, a small northern Inupiaq community, Nick Hanson was not unlike most Alaskan rural kids. Growing up in a remote village of just 750 people inaccessible by road, he struggled to stay busy and find purpose after high school – a place he had once found success comp…

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Created by a unanimous vote at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in 1987, The Alaska Native Heritage Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a long-standing educational and cultural institution. Located just beyond the gates of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the Heritage …

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Results for the April 17, 2021, Yup’ik and Iñupiaq Statewide spelling bees, held at Arctic Rec Center, Anchorage, Alaska:

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On March 10, 2021, U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason of the District of Alaska sentenced Lee Screnock, 60, for misrepresenting hundreds of his own carvings as being made by an Alaska Native artist.  This action is a felony violation of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (IACA), which pr…

This Thursday and Friday, several Alaska organizations are helping deliver 12,000 pounds of donated Bristol Bay sockeye salmon to more than 400 Alaska Native Elders and families in the Anchorage area who were unable to harvest salmon during the 2020 fishing season due to COVID-19. The salmon…

It was a drab and snowy February afternoon when I navigated around a giant tree stump and opened the door to Magpie Artworks, workshop of internationally acclaimed Alaska Native artists Alvin Amason and Perry Eaton — longtime friends who rhapsodize that their studio has ‘everything their wiv…

When then-candidate Donald Trump mocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren as ‘Pocahontas’ for claiming Native American ancestry, the image that popped into most people’s minds was that from the 1995 Disney film.

The members of the Co-Op are Alaskan Native men and women who live in the remote villages of Alaska. The opportunity to knit the beautiful Qiviut items by hand allows them to earn a supplementary income to enhance their mostly subsistence lifestyle. The location of the remote villages makes …

There are more than just a few Alaska Native artists who have been gifted at capturing the real heart and soul of Native culture. Some grew up in the villages, some in towns like Anchorage and Fairbanks, but all are equal in stature because they all share one soul – that of their ancestors a…