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Tripp Crouse

KNBA News Director

Originally from the Midwest, Tripp Crouse (Ojibwe, a descendent of Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, pronouns: they/them) has 15-plus years in print, web and radio journalism. Tripp first moved to Alaska in 2016 to work with KTOO Public Media in Juneau. And later moved to Anchorage in 2018 to work with KNBA and Koahnic Broadcast Corporation.

As KNBA's News Director, Tripp covers Alaska Native and indigenous issues and policies. Tripp also currently served as chair and represents Alaska Native and tribal radio on the Station Advisory Committee for Native Public Media.

A member of Native American Journalist Association, Alaska Native Media Group and Alaska Press Club, Tripp is an award-winning journalist with the goal of increasing the visibility and representation of Indigenous people in media.

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."

A man who pleaded guilty to killing a 10-year-old Kotzebue girl has been sentenced to 99 years in prison.

Utqiaġvik Superior Court Judge Nelson Traverso sentenced Peter Vance Wilson on September 21st, 2021, to serve 99 years in custody in the disappearance and death of Ashley Johnson-Barr. The 10-year-old Kotzebue girl went missing in September 2018.

Her father, Scotty Barr, says he was grateful for the national support as the case made its way through court. 

The American Civil Liberties Union wants a federal court to hold the city of Nome in contempt – for allegedly withholding police audits and emails in a legal case against the Nome police department. 

(Editor's note: The plaintiff’s name is publicly available via court documents. As a standard policy, KNBA does not name sexual assault survivors without their permission.)

The award-winning podcast “This Land” returns for a second season. This one examines the legal attacks on a 40-plus-year old federal law meant to protect Native children in the U.S. 

The first season of “This Land” examined two legal cases that became incredibly important to criminal jurisdiction and recognizing Tribal land. Cherokee journalist Rebecca Nagle is the host.  

“The podcast is about cases that are important to federal Indian law and Indigenous sovereignty that I felt like needed to be covered more.” 

The largest organization of Alaska Native Tribes and Native corporations announced (late Tuesday) that it will postpone its annual convention to mid-December.

In a news release, the Alaska Federation of Natives says health and safety concerns, including an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations statewide, factored into the decision.

The Alaska Federation of Natives plans to hold a December in-person convention in Anchorage, with a virtual option. The board will make a final decision on the 2021 convention in mid-October.

  A ballot measure initiative seeks to have the state of Alaska officially recognize and acknowledge the 229 federally recognized Alaska Native Tribes. 

The initiative models itself on a piece of state legislation, HB123, which passed the Alaska House by a 35-4 vote earlier this year. But fighting over the state budget has gnarled future progress of the measure. 

The initiative would create a government-to-government relationship with the state -- much in the way the 229 Tribes have with the federal government. 

An Alaska Native comic artist will release a book heavily influenced by stories passed down to him by his grandmother.

Growing up in Alaska, Dimi Macheras loved drawing and illustrating and comic books.

“My mom's got pictures of me before I could even talk just constantly drawing and doodling,” Macheras said. “In some of my earliest memories were cartoons on the cereal boxes and action figures, toys like He-Man and stuff.”

Macheras is Ahtna, a citizen of the Chickaloon Native Village and was born in Anchorage and grew up around the Matanuska-Susitna area.

The U.S. military will review whether some service cross awards to Black and Native American veterans should be upgraded to the Medal of Honor.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin wrote in an August 2nd memo that the review will cover Black and Native American veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars -- as well as Native Americans who fought in World War Two.

The U.S. Senate passed Tuesday (August 10, 20210) a bipartisan bill that includes more than $11 billion in infrastructure funding for Tribes and Native communities.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes billions of dollars for sanitation construction, a Tribal transportation program, approved water rights settlements and a broadband connectivity program.

The bill moves to the U.S. House for further consideration.

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