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 federal judge temporarily stopped the sale of a National Archives building in Seattle, Washington. 

In a written order filed Tuesday morning, U.S. District Court Judge John C. Coughenour ordered a halt to the imminent sale of the National Archives building -- and removal of an immense archival collection.

The Chugach Alaska Corporation recently re-acquired land that has been in private hands since the 1900s. The buyers say you can’t put a price on the return of traditional lands to Indigenous stewardship.

Steve Langdon is a professor emeritus at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Landon has researched and studied the Alaska Native communities of what is now called Southeast Alaska.

KNBA’s Tripp Crouse talks with Steve Langdon, his interests and an upcoming virtual lecture hosted by the Sealaska Heritage Institute. Listen below: 

That was professor emeritus Steve Langdon talking with KNBA’s Tripp Crouse about Langdon’s interest in Southeast Alaska Native communities and his upcoming lecture hosted by Sealaska Heritage Institute.

 The Anchorage Assembly unanimously approved Thursday, January 14, 2021, an ordinance that formally establishes a government-to-government relationship with the Native Village of Eklutna. 

The president of the Eklutna village Tribal council, Aaron Leggett, called the ordinance “a monumental achievement by both governments.”

Akiak Technology has been accepted into the Small Business Administration’s business development program, according to a news release.

The company is an information technology consulting business owned by Akian Native Community, a federally recognized Alaska Native Tribe.

The program is designed to level the playing field of federal government contracting for businesses that may be socially or economically disadvantaged.

Washington state’s attorney general and a legal coalition of 40 Tribes, states and community organizations filed a motion (January 7, 2021) to block the sale of the National Archives building in Seattle.

The facility houses an immense collection of historical documents and records, including records about Alaska and the Indigenous peoples of the area.

2020 was a tough year for a lot of us, but thankfully music is always helping us get through even the toughest of times. Here are the releases from Indigenous musicians and artists that helped us get through the year – in no specific order.

An Alaska-based theater company is putting a Tlingit twist on a holiday classic.

From the opening carol, viewers will notice a particular Southeast Alaska flavor to “A Tlingit Christmas Carol.”

Vera Starbard (Tlingit and Dena’ina) is the playwrite-in-residence for Perseverance Theatre and adapted the story.

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.