Native tribes at southern border propose indigenous visa

Feb 6, 2019

As lawmakers debate U.S. immigration policy, that may or may not include some form of new wall along the U.S.- Mexico border, many Native American tribes along the border are caught in the middle.

The Alaska Native Cultural Charter School recently learned one of its teachers is a finalist for the 2019 Alaska Teacher of the Year.

Middle school teacher Danielle Riha is the first finalist for the school.

"I've been working here for 10 years. This is my 11th year since the school has been open," Riha said. "We've made this place safe; we've made it welcoming; it's a real family. You feel it from the second you walk in. The students know the history of the school. And they're proud of their school and where they come from and their families."



By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA

A Yup’ik woman from the Bristol Bay region known as one of the people who created the Alaska tribal health system and a savvy national advocate died Tuesday [Jan. 10]. For nearly 50 years, Sally Smith played a key role in transforming an under-funded, under-staffed and ill-equipped health system for Natives into one that is a model for tribal self-governance.

Young Media Makers

Dec 7, 2016

Young Media Makers

Koahnic Broadcast Corporation set up shop at the Elders and Youth Conference during The Alaska Federation of Natives Convention October 16 - 23, 2016.  This project was a dynamic training opportunity for Alaska Native youth participants. Young Media Makers participants learned best practices for media collection and production, using state-of-the-art recording and editing equipment.

Five “Young Media Makers” features were produced on site and made available to radio stations across Alaska. These features were aired on KNBA leading up to the annual Gavel-2-Gavel broadcast coverage of the of the 2016 AFN Convention, on October 20 - 22, 2016. Several other stations, including KNOM in Nome and KOTZ in Kotzebue, broadcast the youth-produced features. Youth participants recorded alternate intros for the features to identify each station. KNOM listeners would hear, for example, that the Young Media Makers were “reporting for KNOM.”

KNBA aired the features “Young Media Makers: Youth Stories on KNBA” as part of special programming for Alaska Native American Indian Heritage Month in November of 2016.

After months of camping out, more than 500 arrests, and harsh encounters with law enforcement, tribes celebrate 

By Joaqlin Estus

Sunday thousands of people celebrated at camps in North Dakota, calling a decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to halt construction of an oil pipeline a victory. In a prepared statement, the Corps of Engineers denied an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Corps said more discussion and analysis are needed.

Anchorage Police Department

The gun used in a shootout at 5th Avenue and Cordova early Saturday is the same one used in five homicides this year, according to an Anchorage Police Department press release. Police say 40-year-old James Dale Ritchie used the gun to fire at police officers at about 4:30 a.m. Nov.12.

Based on a story by Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media

Next Tuesday, Alaskans will vote on Ballot Initiative One, which would automatically register eligible individuals to vote when they apply for a Permanent Fund Dividend, unless they opt out. As it is now, a person needs to register by mail or online 30 days before the election. Critics say it’s already easy enough to register, and the new system would cost too much. Proponents say the change could boost voter turnout, and the cost estimates are based on outdated information.

PFD checks being deposited, mailed

Oct 6, 2016

Oct. 6, 2016

Mat-Su Republican introduces bill to double dividend amount

by Joaqlin Estus and The Associated Press

Permanent Fund Dividends of $1,022 started going out to each eligible Alaskan Thursday [Oct. 6] morning.

Mat-Su and Copper River area Sen. Mike Dunleavy Wednesday announced he’s filing a bill to double this year’s dividend to $2,052, the amount legislators appropriated earlier this year.

Oct. 6, 2016

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA

Hospitals typically are not in the business of providing legal aid to patients, but several tribal health facilities in Alaska are going to start doing just that. The pilot project is being funded through a multi-state grant that's placing AmeriCorps volunteers in tribal facilities in six states.