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Tlingit & Haida fumed as Juneau Assembly develops fireworks restrictions challenging sovereignty

For months, officials with the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska followed along as the Juneau Assembly developed new restrictions on the use and sale of fireworks. The Tribe started Juneau’s only licensed fireworks retail shop last year . Parts of the proposed policies butted up against the tribe’s sovereignty, and nearly drove it to take the city to court . At times, Tlingit & Haida tribal officials were outraged — not over limits on the use of loud fireworks...

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The Juneau Assembly started to include a land acknowledgment as part of its regular meetings in February and made it an official part of meetings in May.

Northwest Arctic Borough renews push to get VPSOs in villages

Jun 15, 2021


The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the Trump administration was wrong to reverse protections for the Pacific walrus.. The ruling will force federal agencies to reconsider what protections are warranted for the species as their ocean habitat warms.


Former Lieutenant Governor Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson will step down from her role as president of Alaska Pacific University to lead the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium as its president.

In March, Davidson was named as interim president of ANTHC after the former president resigned. Davidson took a leave of absence from her role at Alaska Pacific.  

UAF researcher on science team for unmanned Venus mission

Jun 15, 2021


UAF Geophysical Institute research professor and Venus expert Robert Herrick is on the science team of the Veritas mission, one of two Venus proposals chosen by NASA. Herrick says Veritas and the other mission, called DaVinci Plus, were selected following a competitive proposal process and will be the first to Venus since the Magellan mission ended in 1994.


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