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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) 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 serves 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 Washington state resident donated a Frog button blanket to Sealaska Heritage Institute.

According to a Sealaska Heritage news release, the blanket is thought to date from the late 1800s and belonged to the late Ethel Kiley.

Kiley kept the blanket stored for years in her closet. Twenty years ago, she gave the blanket to her grandson, who kept it stored until September – when he donated it to Sealaska Heritage.

Community discussion surrounding a study of generational trauma has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sealaska Heritage Institute and the Hoonah Indian Association are collaborating on a study that looks at the potential impact of historical trauma on Alaska Native people.

Participants were recruited beginning in 2019.

Researchers from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana were scheduled to visit Hoonah and Juneau to discuss the preliminary results and next steps.

A Washington state Supreme Court decision could mean a legal victory for Native communities in terms of child welfare cases.

Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday, September 3, 2020, that state courts must use a “broad interpretation” when determining whether children who face removal from their parents -- have Native heritage. The decision also says that a Tribe has the exclusive role to determine who is a member, not states.

Alaska Representative Don Young introduced legislation that would restore the Census deadline to October 31st.

Young introduced the bipartisan and bicameral legislation – 2020 Census Deadline Extensions Act, or H.R. 8250 – with Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Arizona), alongside Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii).

The D.C. Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals heard Friday oral arguments in a federal court case on whether Alaska Native corporations are eligible for part of CARES Act funding. 

The original lawsuit filed in April claims that Alaska Native corporations should not be eligible to receive a portion of about $8 billion of a Tribal-government set-aside of the federal COVID-19 relief money. 

The idea is that  Native corporations are not Tribal governments – at least not in the way that Lower 48 Tribes are.

During a virtual discussion August 27, hosted by the American Public Health Association, the director of a newly formed Indigenous-led non-profit talked about Missing and Murdered Indigenous People and why Indigenous data sovereignty is so important in Alaska.

Charlene Aqpik Apok is the executive director of the Alaska-based Data for Indigenous Justice.

The 2020 annual convention of the Alaska Federation of Natives will go virtual out of safety concerns over coronavirus. The decision was announced Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in a news release from AFN.

According to a statement from AFN president Julie Kitka, “It was a really tough decision -- but the health and safety of our delegates, participants, and attendees comes first. The high risk factors of holding a large, indoor meeting, with lots of Elders and delegates coming in from across Alaska, far outweigh the benefits of gathering in person.”

The Alaska Federation of Natives’ top lawyer will join a five-person board tasked with redrawing the state’s legislative districts – based on the 2020 Census.

Since 2014, Nicole Borromeo has been general counsel and executive vice president of the Alaska Federation of Natives.

As 2020 Census efforts continue throughout the United States, Alaska is well behind other states in regards to households self-responding either through online, telephone or by mail. In fact, the only thing that’s keeping Alaska from being in last place is Puerto Rico. And the coronavirus could impact how census takers in rural Alaska fill that gap.

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