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Federal judge halts expedited sale of National Archives in Seattle

A federal judge temporarily stopped the sale of a National Archives building in Seattle, Washington. In a written order filed Tuesday morning, U.S. District Court Judge John C. Coughenour ordered a halt to the imminent sale of the National Archives building -- and removal of an immense archival collection. I n a news release, Washington state’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson said, “Today’s legal victory blocks the federal government’s unlawful plan to sell the Archives and scatter the DNA of...

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A former mayor of Kotzebue has been promoted to a top regional job within the National Park Service. 

Maija Katak Lukin has been selected to be the Native relations program manager for the Park Service’s Alaska region

She’s been superintendent of the Western Arctic Parklands since 2016, overseeing operations in 9 million acres that include Noatak National Preserve, Kobuk Valley National Park and the Cape Krusenstern National Monument. 

  In Inupiaq communities, more than any other food, seal oil is a fixture. 

“I had it for lunch today,” Cyrus Harris said. “I’ll have it for supper tomorrow.”

Like many Inupiaq people in the Northwest Arctic, Harris grew up eating traditional foods like seal oil, caribou and musk ox. When his relatives moved into Maniilaq’s Utuqqanaat Inaat long-term care, he found they weren’t able to eat the same food they’d lived off for years. 

Teaching Dena'ina language through stories

Feb 23, 2021

When it comes to stories, it’s not just what you say — it’s how you say it.

Local linguists are incorporating storytelling into their language revitalization efforts, giving elders a chance to create and tell stories in their native languages and imparting that knowledge onto language learners.

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