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A new study reveals previously unaccounted for economic and cultural benefits of herring. The extensive report also highlights threats posed by the current state management plan to the subsistence herring roe fishery in Sitka Sound.

Tom Thornton, a dean and vice provost at the University of Alaska Southeast, authored the study, which was designed and funded by the Sealaska Heritage Institute.

John Lawrence is a cultural interpreter for the Sealaska Heritage Institute visitor center. His father was Tlingit, and his mother was Haida. Those two groups, along with the Tsimshian people, make up the three major Alaska Native groups of Southeast Alaska.

As a cultural interpreter, Lawrence tries to answer any questions visitors might have. Questions like, “What’s that thing on the wall?” or, “What kind of paint did they use on that thing?”

New report sheds more light on climate change impacts to Alaska Native villages

Dec 9, 2019

Ten years ago, the Army Corps of Engineers released a report that detailed the impacts of erosion in Alaska Native communities.

Don Antrobus is the Program Manager for the Village Infrastructure Protection Program at the Denali Commission, and helped guide an updated report that documents erosion and other environmental threats facing the communities: erosion, thawing permafrost, and flooding. Antrobus says that all are made worse by climate change.

Alaska Native non-profit sues Texas insurance company over earthquake damage

Dec 6, 2019

A large Alaska Native non-profit in Anchorage is suing its insurance company for million of dollars in what it alleges are unpaid claims over damages from last year’s earthquake.

Feds approve renaming Saginaw Bay over Kake War connections

Dec 5, 2019

Sea ice forming in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas is starting to close in on Utqiagvik, leaving a lot of open water currently through the Bering Strait. One research cruise taking advantage of the favorable sailing conditions with little ice in Arctic waters, is the Sikuliaq, a University of Alaska Fairbanks vessel.

Anaktuvuk Pass gardener brings new life to ancient foods with Arctic agriculture

Dec 2, 2019

In her small backyard in Anaktuvuk Pass, Nasuġraq Rainey Hopson opens the hatch to a wooden box.

Inside, a flurry of teenage chicks looks up in surprise. “They’re like little dinosaurs,” Hopson says with a smile.

Hopson eats the eggs and meat and uses the chicken poop as fertilizer for her garden. She says growing food locally just makes sense in a place where a one-pound cabbage can cost $12. But it’s not exactly common.

BLM responds to Tribes' criticism over planning process for draft resource management plan

Dec 2, 2019

Orutsararmiut Native Council calling the federal planning process for how 13 million acres of public land is managed in the region “woefully inadequate.” U.S. Bureau of Land Management says that it's taking more steps to reach out.

At a federal subsistence meeting in Bethel in November, Bonnie Million reassured Tribes that BLM always open to government-to-government consultation.

Sealaska Corporation announced its biggest dividend in decades to shareholders with ties to Southeast Alaska. Thousands live in the Inside Passage and there’s a tradition to take shopping trips to larger communities. Gaps in ferry service means many aren’t able to make the trip.

Nushagak and Mulchatna could soon be a star and exoplanet 255 light-years away

Dec 2, 2019

In the constellation Cassiopeia there’s an unnamed start orbited by a colossal gas giant the size of Jupiter, star HD 17156. At 255 light-years away, it’s something astronomers call an exoplanet: a planet that’s outside our solar system. Now, the International Astronomical Union is holding a competition to give them a name — with the public casting votes for the top three finalists.

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