Tripp Crouse

KNBA News Director

Originally from the Midwest, Tripp Crouse (Ojibwe, a descendent of Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) 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.

A lawsuit challenging the Indian Child Welfare Act received a split decision in federal appeals court on April 6, 2021. The law, the lawsuit and the split resulted in a 300-plus-page decision that confounded experts and lay people alike. The decision won’t impact Alaska directly. But legal experts  say Alaska should still keep an eye on the case.

The state constitution does not recognize hundreds of Tribes in Alaska. House Bill 123 would amend state law to officially recognize Tribes that the federal government already does. The House Special Committee on Tribal Affairs moved the measure out of committee and to the House State Affairs committee. 

During Tribal Affairs meeting (April 1, 2021), committee members held the second hearing on House Bill 123 and took testimony from invited speakers and the public.

My name is Tripp Crouse (Two-Spirit Ojibwe, they/them) and I’m the news director for 90.3 KNBA.

As news director, I collect stories from around the state and elsewhere for our weekday forecasts, website and social media. I also report and write stories of my own – usually with the focus on Indigenous people, places and policies as it pertains to Alaska.

I’m also the person that makes the decisions on which version of a word to use, whether to capitalize a particular word choice or how to even present a word that’s not in the English language.

A federally recognized Tribe in the Ahtna region of the Copper River area hopes to buy more than 450 acres of its traditional homeland -- and return it to the Tribe. 

A permanent village of Tazlina was established in the early 1900s near the confluence of Tsedi Na, or Copper River, and Tezdlen Na, or Tazlina River. 

Tezdlen or Tazlina is one of eight villages in the Ahtna region and is about 70 miles north-northeast of Valdez, and about 150 miles northeast of Anchorage.

An Anchorage man was sentenced to five years probation after being found guilty of illegally marketing items he sold as being made by an Alaska Native artist.

On March 10th, 2021, a U.S. district judge also sentenced Lee Screnock, 60, to pay $2,500 in restitution, and surrender more than $125,000 in retail product.

Currently the state of Alaska does not recognize Tribes the same way as the federal government or states in the Lower 48 do. A measure in the state House would amend state law to officially recognize most Tribes of Alaska. 

Advocates say that pushing for that formal recognition is about changing the relationship between the state and Tribes. 

House Bill 123 would change state law so that Alaska officially recognized Tribes in the state in the same way that the federal government does.

The first Alaska Native woman to serve as lieutenant governor will lead a key Tribal health organization in the state. 

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium announced in a news release (Friday, March 12, 2021) that Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson (Yup’ik) will serve as interim president.

The Chugach Alaska Corporation has a new president and COO. Dan Fenza has been appointed as Chugach Alaska Corporation’s president and chief operating officer.

The corporation announced the appointment in a Feb. 15, 2021, news release.

Fenza worked for about 20 years with the corporation’s largest government contracting business, Chugach Government Solutions.

The Arctic Winter Games International Committee will postpone the 2022 games in Wood Buffalo, Alberta, Canada.

According to a Wednesday, March 3, 3021, news release, the committee, the host society, Wood Buffalo municipality and the government of Alberta made the decision out of concern for the COVID-19 pandemic.

A new musical project led by Sitka-based Nicholas Galanin has signed with legendary SubPop records. 

“Close the Distance” is the first single off the debut album for Ya Tseen, the latest project from Otis Calvin III, Zak D. Wass and Yéil Ya-Tseen Nicholas Galanin.

Ya-Tseen is a nod to Galanin’s name.