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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.

Oklahoma’s governor named a Tulsa attorney as the state’s new attorney general amid legal battles with the federal government and Native American Tribes over criminal and civil jurisdictions on tribal lands.

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt announced in a statement Friday (July 23, 2021) that John O’Connor was “the right leader for the moment.”

A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court ruled Friday, July 23, 2021, that Indian Health Services wrongly withheld medical care funding for a federally-recognized Tribe located along the Nevada-Oregon border.

According to court documents, IHS intended in 2016 to shutter the emergency health services and health clinic that served two Tribes in the area.

First Lady Jill Biden visited Anchorage on Wednesday to talk with health officials and get a glimpse of how Tribal health care works in Alaska.

During First Lady Jill Biden’s visit to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, she called Alaska’s Tribal health care system the gold standard. 

“The consortium is setting the gold standard in supporting rural communities,” Biden said. “I'm so excited to see what this organization does under your leadership and to share what I've learned here with our team in D.C.”

The Elders and Youth Conference will be virtual again this year.

Organizers First Alaskans Institute announced the decision Monday in email and social media posts. The decision was made out of coronavirus concerns and is the second year in a row that the conference has gone virtual.

The 2021 conference will begin with a Warming of the Hands on October 17th, and continue through October 20th.

According to the release, in 2020 about 1-thousand 2-hundred people registered for the virtual conference.

At the turn of the 20th century, the federal government created boarding schools in an attempt to assimilate Indigenous children into “American society.” The lasting legacy of the boarding school era devastated Native cultures across North America.

Now, people all across the country demand accountability and working to bring the remains of boarding school students home. 

One student is the first Alaska Native student buried in a cemetery at the former Carlisle school in Pennsylvania to return to Alaska. 

Sophia Tetoff wanted to come home. 

The University of Alaska Anchorage will offer Unangam Tunuu courses as part of its Alaska Native Studies coursework. 

This fall students can take a course in Unangam Tunuu -- the Unangax̂ language -- at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Course instructor Haliehana Stepetin says it’ll be a regular part of the school’s offerings for the next two years. 

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.  

A state historical commission took up the task of naming -- and renaming -- some landmarks in Alaska. 

Back in April 5 2021, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Planning Commission passed a resolution to officially recognize a long-used name for a lake located about 16 miles northwest of Talkeetna.

The commission recommended calling the previously unnamed lake Daltełi – or Upper Cook Inlet dialect Dena’ina for berry buds, according to the Dena’ina Noun Dictionary.

For years, a small American flag was all that marked the grave of George Fox. Now, his resting place will finally be recognized. 

Every year, Unangax̂ Elder Gertrude Svarny visits the Russian Orthodox cemetery in Unalaska and puts a tiny U.S. flag on an unmarked grave.

The grave is for her childhood friend, George Fox (Unangax̂ ), who died during World War II.

On Tuesday, May 25, 2021, a state commission that oversees historical place names and registries will  consider nominations for the National Register for Historic Places. 

Alaska’s longest-running fish plant facility – the Diamond NN Cannery -- is among the nominations for the Alaska Historical Commission to consider passing on to the National Register of Historic Places. The South Naknek cannery operated almost continuously from 1895 to 2015.

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