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New report attempts to quantify Bristol Bay's subsistence salmon with a look at protein replacement

A third of the state’s subsistence salmon harvest was caught in Bristol Bay in 2017 , according to a McKinley Research Group report. Critical to Bristol Bay’s culture, the subsistence economy is remains the oldest and most continuous use of salmon. The report, “The Economic Benefits of Bristol Bay," attempts to quantify what it would cost to replace subsistence salmon with other protein sources from stores in the region. Bristol Bay subsistence fishers caught over 500,000 pounds of salmon in...

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A new study from Alaska Native Tribal Health Center shows that cancer rates among Alaska Native people have gone up over the last half-century. Researchers say the data points to opportunities for prevention.

The most common cancers among Alaska Native people are breast, colorectal and lung cancer. With screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies, they can be detected and treated early.

Military branches gear up for Northern Edge 2021

May 5, 2021

Thousands of troops and the latest in American military hardware will soon descend on Alaska for war games between branches of the armed forces. “Northern Edge” is a biennial, large-scale exercise held in May. And planners are looking ahead at the next decade of maneuvers in Alaska’s skies and waters. 

Northern Edge 2021 will span from the Aleutians to Fairbanks to Juneau, in the air, and on the water in the Gulf of Alaska. 

Washington law bans Native-themed school mascots — unless nearby Tribe approves

May 4, 2021

Washington public schools with Native American-themed team names or mascots have a decision to make now that Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law a ban on such symbols. The schools have until year’s end to find a new mascot or try to win the blessing of a nearby Tribe for continued use under an exception.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation installed a specialty water filtration system in the Tuluksak school on March 2, 2021. YKHC said that the system could provide enough drinking water for the entire Tuluksak Native Community, but soon the system was only being used by the school. 

Kruzof mystery deepens as skeletal remains determined to be modern

May 3, 2021

Human skeletal remains found on Kruzof Island near Sitka in 2020 are modern, but not especially recent.  A DNA sample will be compared to a national database of missing persons, and could shed light on who the individual was, and how they came to an end in the woods behind Shoals Point.

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