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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 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."

Grete Bergman had long wanted to get traditional facial markings, a practice for Indigenous women in Alaska that European settlers tried to extinguish.

But in 2016, Bergman became one of the first among the Gwich'in Nation — First Nations peoples whose homelands stretch from northeast Alaska to northwest Canada — to get tattooed, in a return to a centuries-old tradition.

"My dad would have hated it," Bergman said. "He would have looked at me and he would have said, 'What the hell you do that for?' "

The U.S. Justice Department will ask the Supreme Court to put on hold Texas' restrictive abortion law as legal challenges against the law proceed.

"The Justice Department intends to ask the Supreme Court to vacate the Fifth Circuit's stay of the preliminary injunction against Texas Senate Bill 8," Anthony Coley, a DOJ spokesman, said in a statement.

Pastor William Tauanu’u of Anchorage knows how dangerous COVID-19 can be. 

Last year, he spent weeks on a ventilator with the disease. He’s back to preaching Sunday sermons at University Baptist Church but he still suffers the effects of long-haul COVID, which leave him exhausted after bouts of effort. 

Company wants to build gold mine next to Donlin, but will need to find gold first

Oct 13, 2021

A potential gold mine is being explored in Western Alaska, just north of the Donlin Gold Project. But the company exploring the area says a mine actually being developed there is far from guaranteed.

The mine project is called “Flat Gold.” It consists of 92,000 acres of land located between Holy Cross and McGrath, just 25 miles north of the Donlin Gold Project.

Tectonic Metals is the company that will be exploring Flat for gold. CEO and President Tony Reda says there are key differences between Flat and Donlin.

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