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 issued an injunction that prevents Alaska Native corporations from receiving part of a Tribal funding set-aside in the CARES Act.

The decision came Tuesday, July 7, 2020, as Tribal nations appeal a ruling in late June that said the Native corporations were eligible to receive the funding.

Four former Anchorage mayors have called for a public process to decide the fate of a statue of Captain Cook in Alaska’s largest city

In St. Paul, Minnesota, leaders from the American Indian Movement of the Twin-Cities orchestrated and helped in the toppling of a Christopher Columbus statue on the state capitol grounds.

Videos of the event went viral, and helped initiate a conversation about what statues of Confederate war figures, as well as Columbus and others mean today.

In Alaska, the names of settlers and explorers can be found everywhere -- roads, cities and buildings and statues. All reminders of Alaska’s colonization and the impact it has had on the Indigenous population.

In what may be a first for the municipality of Anchorage, three Indigenous women will serve on the city’s Public Safety Advisory Commission.

The resolution passed unopposed at a meeting Tuesday, June 23, 2020, of the Anchorage Municipal Assembly.

The Public Safety Advisory Commission examines public safety issues and advises the mayor and assembly. It also provides input from various emergency service organizations -- to identify problems that may arise.

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.