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Language glossary pushes Indigenous knowledge and languages to forefront of modern research

Bering Strait region Tribal consortium Kawerak published a language glossary which provides terms in research, science and policy in English, Inupiaq, St. Lawrence Island Yupik, and Yup’ik. The glossary is part of Kawerak’s ‘Knowledge Sovereignty and the Indigenization of Knowledge.’ The Indigenization of Knowledge informs the community about Tribal and traditional knowledge. Kawerak Social Science Program Director Julie Raymond-Yakoubian emphasized the relevance of indigenous knowledge today...

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The very first Alaska Native woman to serve as an Alaska State Trooper has retired.

Anne Sears’ 22-year career in law enforcement took her all over the state — from Southeast, to Southcentral, the Interior and, eventually, back to Northwest Alaska, where she’s from. And people all over the world saw her on the reality TV show, “Alaska State Troopers”, along with her husband, Jay, who was also a trooper.

Hunters in Juneau are pushing back on proposals that could restrict their deer hunting rights in parts of Southeast Alaska. The Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council says its proposals are responding to food security concerns from villages. 

Pelican deer hunter Terry Wirta testified this month to the regional subsistence council from the tiny hamlet on Chichagof Island. He says it’s been difficult for guys like him to fill his freezer. 

Charles "Chuck" F. Sams III could soon become the first Native American to head the National Park Service in the agency's 105-year history.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized in person to Indigenous leaders after skipping a remembrance for victims and survivors of residential schools.

The Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention will be virtual for the second year in a row.

In 2020, the convention was virtual and shortened out of concerns for COVID-19.

This year, officials postponed the convention until December in the hopes of concerns about the virus would decrease.

Currently the convention is scheduled for December 13-14.

The theme of this year’s convention will be "ANCSA at 50: Empowering Our Future."

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