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A long-time advocate for Alaska Native policies Willie Hensley is returning to the classroom this fall. He will teach a course this fall called "Alaska Policy Frontiers" at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus.

I'm Tripp Crouse, and joining me in the studio is Willie Hensley. Would you like to introduce yourself?

Willie Hensley: Good morning. My Inupiaq name is Iġġiaġruk, I was named for my grandfather. The meaning actually happens to be "like a small mountain," otherwise they call me Willie, Willie Hensley. 

Oct. 6, 2016

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA

Hospitals typically are not in the business of providing legal aid to patients, but several tribal health facilities in Alaska are going to start doing just that. The pilot project is being funded through a multi-state grant that's placing AmeriCorps volunteers in tribal facilities in six states.

At the 8th annual White House Tribal Nations Conference, Byron Nicholai, of Toksook Bay, sang while Brian Cladoosby, President of the National Congress of American Indians and Chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribe, led an honoring ceremony. He [and Chief Many Hearts, Marilynn Malerba Mohegan, of Connecticut] placed a custom woven Pendleton blanket [designed by Musqueam Coast Salish artist Susan Point of Canada] on President Obama.

9/20/16

The lack of running water and flush toilets in more than three thousand Alaska homes causes health problems, but another issue looms even larger:  that’s the effects of climate change on drinking water sources. That’s according to scientists at the international Water Innovations for Healthy Arctic Homes conference in Anchorage this week. 

Montana State University has received a five-year $20 million dollar grant to work with several Alaska partners on health disparities facing Native communities. The project is being funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Monday (Aug. 15), Alaska Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth announced she will drop an appeal in a case involving increased tribal jurisdiction through placement of tribal lands into trust.

Trust status transfers title to those lands to the federal government, and protects the land from taxation or seizure for debt. It gives tribes greater jurisdiction and access to federal funding. Trust lands include reservations. They’re a long-standing and common feature of land management for lower 48 tribes.

By Joaqlin Estus

Through the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, or ANSEP, middle-school students learn through hands-on activities that teach them science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In a two-week academy they learned how to build a computer and test structures in earthquake simulations.

Fifty-six students are wrapping up a 5-day session in which they assemble motors, batteries and controls to create an unmanned aerial vehicle, otherwise known as a drone. Then they test them.

Joaqlin Estus / KNBA

Construction is beginning on a Native children’s dental clinic and health services facility in Anchorage. Southcentral Foundation provides statewide dental services to Alaska Native and American Indian beneficiaries of the Indian Health Service. At a ground-breaking ceremony Monday, SCF president and CEO Katherine Gottlieb said the new clinic will add 32 dental chairs to the 15 they have now, and create an environment designed to put children at ease.

New federal rule could prevent litigation over Native children in state custody

By Jennifer Canfield, KTOO - Juneau

Under new federal guidance, it will be easier for potential Alaska Native and Native American parents to adopt Native children in state custody.

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