Alaska Native Quarterly Print Magazine

Fifty years ago on Dec. 21, President Richard Nixon signed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act into law as Alaska Native leaders listened in on a telephone call from Alaska Methodist University (now Alaska Pacific University) in Anchorage.


Where I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, there were no Alaska Native people, as far as I knew. There were no Native American reservations. I was the only Native person I ever saw around and I had no one to share with me what any of this meant.

The Alaska Federation of Natives enthusiastically applauds U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski for her work in achieving a bipartisan compromise on the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. The leadership shown by Senator Murkowski along with Senators Leahy, Durbin, and Manchin while negotiating…

Alaska Federation of Natives President Julie Kitka testified yesterday before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in an oversight hearing on “Voting Matters in Native Communities.”  The hearing offered AFN a second chance in one week to speak to a key Senate committee in support of s…

Chickaloon Native Village recently received national recognition from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for their innovative efforts to create a thriving community.


We didn’t think you could find a way to both-sides the whole “stop sending death threats to health care workers” problem that’s facing Alaska, but extreme-right Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson found a way to do just that on Tuesday.

Heather Conn is navigating her second year as principal of Rae C. Stedman Elementary School in Petersburg with the quiet intensity she brings to every project. As educators and administrators statewide seem to be racing against an ever-broadening scope of pandemic learning, Conn remains stea…

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Indigenous people across the United States marked Monday with celebrations of their heritage, education campaigns and a push for the Biden administration to make good on its word.

The Alaska Center, Alaska state affiliate of the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), Native Peoples Action, and Alaska based Indigenous activist Sophie Swope unveiled a new video projected on a 9,000 pound ice sculpture of a salmon jumping out of water in front of Earth Conservation Corps’ …

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, is in the state Senate after being approved by the state House on May 19, the last day of the Legislature’s regular 201 session.  Zu…

Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program’s assistant director Dr. Michele Yatchmeneff recently accepted a position as the executive director of Alaska Native Education and Outreach for University of Alaska Anchorage. In this role, Dr. Yatchmeneff says she will, “work toward making UAA…

A family engaged in the age-old tradition of fishing and putting up salmon will soon greet the people of the Yukon-Kuskokwim region as they walk into the expanded hospital in Bethel. Dena’ina artist Joel Isaak created the life-sized statues for the “One’s Spirit” installation. Isaak collabor…


Though the high school she went to was hardly a mile from the busy rugby fields of the park strip in Downtown Anchorage, Kathryn Treder was never exposed to rugby until she went off to Stanford University.

Alaska’s producing metal mines continue to do well despite ongoing problems caused by the pandemic. 

Indigenous languages are a bedrock of culture among Alaska Natives, but apart from a handful of exceptions they are endangered. 

The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) in Canada, have made a joint submission to the UN Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation. The submission includes four key recommendations to undertake immediate improvemen…

The Alaska Federation of Natives has selected December 13-15, 2021 for its Annual Convention, which the AFN Board postponed on Tuesday over health and safety concerns which include the sharp resurgence in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations statewide. AFN will continue to plan for an in-pers…


Bobby Itta, accomplished Inupiaq fashion designer from the ‘top of the world’, is preparing to bring the beauty and mystery of Indigenous fur and fashion to the runway of New York Fashion Week with her collection of hand sewn parkas in February 2022.


The Alaska Federation of Natives Board of Directors today decided to postpone the 2021 Convention to mid-December, citing health and safety concerns which include the increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations statewide and the consequent pressure on Alaska’s healthcare system.

One hundred and thirty-two years ago, the Bristol Bay commercial fishery began on the shores of the Nushagak River when the first cannery went into operation and canned a little more than 4,000 salmon.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Additional programs have launched aimed at providing pandemic aid to Tlingit and Haida tribal members and to shareholders of an Alaska Native corporation whose shareholder base is of Tlingit and Haida descent.


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.


A five time Native American Music Award-winning band, Arizona based but Alaskan grown, Blackbird have become widely respected for celebrating and keeping Indigenous culture alive through their aptly named ‘Alter-Native’ Rock sound. Their latest single, ‘Backup’, captures just that -- the Alt…


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…


A small village tribal group in Southwest Alaska is leading what could become a breakthrough in technology to bring high-speed internet and broadband to remote communities across the state not not served by terrestrial communications.


We are thrilled to announce that starting next week our new summer edition of the Alaska Native Quarterly magazine, or as we’ve come to know it — the ANQ - will be in print and available to readers. 

On August 1, a new graphic novel called Chickaloonies was announced. It is an all-ages, fantasy adventure comic and the latest work from Dimi Macheras and Casey Silver. The two live in Seattle, Washington, and created the comic over the last couple of years.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Just 15 years ago, most Anchorage residents wouldn’t have been able to answer the question: Who lived here before settlers arrived?


Native Movement and UAF Department of Theatre and Film are collaborating on a new intensive filmmaking opportunity, and applications are being accepted now for the Alaska Native Filmmaker Intensive: Stories for Climate Justice. This is an all-expenses paid fellowship opportunity aimed to hel…

World music, as the genre is known, is fundamentally about the blending of musical styles from every reach of the globe, agnostic to the history of trade routes, geographic borders or language.

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Native artist Rico Worl said he jumped at the chance to create for the U.S. Postal Service a stamp he hopes will be a gateway for people to learn about his Tlingit culture.

“We get excited when Alaska is actually on the map,” Dr. Anne Zink, the State of Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer, chuckled as she addressed Dr. Jill Biden, the First Lady of the United States. “We're even more excited when people come and visit our big and beautiful and absolutely wondrous state.”

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 …


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 …


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. 


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.