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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.

Iḷisaġvik College in Utqiaġvik awarded its first bachelor’s degree. It’s the first Tribal college in Alaska to do so.

Anchorage resident Darian Danner received her first bachelor’s degree from the University of Anchorage. But when Iḷisaġvik College offered a tuition waiver to Alaska Native and American Indian students, getting her second degree was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

Almost a year ago on June 5, 2019, a lightning strike ignited the Swan Lake fire on the Kenai Peninsula. The fire burned more than 167,000 acres.

The remnants of that fire likely created prime habitat for morel mushrooms. And one ecologist hopes to crowdsource where hunters are finding them to understand more about the fungi.

But how do you get people who are inherently secretive about where they find morels --  to tell you where they find their morels?

The U.S. Inspector General sent a letter to a New Mexico senator confirming an investigation into whether the Departments of Interior and Treasury violated ethics rules and regulations.

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a Democrat, shared the letter in an announcement Monday, May 11, welcoming the investigation. Udall serves as vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

After June 1, only federally qualified subsistence users will be able to harvest chinook salmon on federal public waters along the Kuskokwim River drainage.

A news release from the Federal Subsistence Management Program announced May 8 that the decision was reached during teleconference meeting on May 1 of the Federal Subsistence Board.

The U.S. Treasury and Interior departments announced Tuesday (May 5, 2020) they would begin disbursing part of an $8 billion Tribal allocation for coronavirus relief funds. The CARES Act funding is to help Tribes with relief efforts in the fight against coronavirus.

A federal judge has blocked  Native regional and village corporations in Alaska from receiving part of $8 billion  (dollars) in Tribal allocation in the CARES Act.

The judge issued the Monday, April 27, temporary injunction against Alaska Native corporations in a lawsuit over coronavirus relief funding.

The lawsuit names the Secretary of Treasury as the defendant. The Treasury is the agency responsible for allocating the funds after consultation with Tribes and the Department of Interior.

Akiak Native Community joined five other Tribal governments and filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over funding in the CARES Act.

The federal lawsuit seeks to prevent Alaska Native corporations from taking part in the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund – specifically allocated for Tribes.

Former Lieutenant Governor Valerie Davidson has stepped into another leadership role, becoming the first female president of Alaska Pacific University.

KNBA shares  quality connections so you can stay up-to-date during the coronavirus outbreak. Listen for announcements during Morning Line's Our Community segment (M-F8:30 am) which are guided by KNBA News monitoring  State and Municipality resources and Press releases.

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