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.

Alaska Pacific University announced Tuesday, March 24, 2020, that Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson will succeed its current president Bob Onders on April 25th.

The appointment will make Davidson the first female president of the Anchorage-based liberal arts and sciences college.

Davidson has a long history of working in Alaska Native leadership, health, education, law and policy.

At Doyon Limited’s annual shareholder meeting Friday, March 20, 2020, CEO and President Aaron Schutt shared some positive news during his address.

The meeting was held as a virtual webcast out of coronavirus concerns. Though some shareholders took to Facebook to comment about problems with streaming internet in rural Alaska.

During his address, Doyon Limited CEO and president Aaron Schutt (Koyukon Athabascan) apologized to shareholders for the change in process.  He  acknowledged concerns about bandwidth -- particularly in rural areas -- affecting access to the meeting.

Doyon Limited’s annual shareholder meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday (March 20) will be virtual.

The announcement made on the Alaska Native corporation’s Facebook page is part of a continued effort to reduce the risk of spreading illness.

Doyon Limited previously scaled back its agenda to only include the election of directors and the president’s report.

In response to the health emergency surrounding COVID-19, People Mover bus service and paratransit service AnchorRides is providing rides for free. But it’s also limiting each bus to nine riders at a time.

According to a news release on its website, the services are also encouraging riders to only take essential trips.

People Mover – an Anchorage-based public transportation agency – operates buses within Anchorage city limits and also provides service to Eagle River.

Updated 1:56 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2020:

Doyon Limited goes virtual for its annual shareholder meeting

Doyon Limited’s annual shareholder meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday (March 20) will be virtual.

The announcement made on the Alaska Native corporation’s Facebook page is part of a continued effort to reduce the risk of spreading illness.

Alaska Native and Tribal health organizations take the wellness of their communities pretty seriously. Many of them are taking a precautionary approach to coronavirus – but their biggest piece of advice is – don’t panic.

About 130 miles northeast of Fairbanks, in the city of Fort Yukon -- health providers at the Yukon Flats Health Center diligently wash their hands, use hand sanitizer -- and continue to pass along healthy hygiene recommendations to patients.

Debra McCarty has been the clinic director at the health center for about 10 years.

Organizers of the Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse, Yukon, made a decision to cancel the event over coronavirus concerns.

Kyle Khaayák'w Worl has been participating in Native games for the past 11 years. And for about the four years, he’s coached young athletes and helped reintroduce the sport in Juneau.

A veteran of the three Arctic Winter Games, Worl was saddened by what the cancellation means for his athletes -- who were looking forward to the international competition.

On Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, a number of community organizations will host a vigil and healing drum ceremony at the Alaska Native Heritage Center,  8800 Heritage Center Drive, Anchorage, to honor and remember the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Children.

Charlene Aqpik Apok (Inupiaq) is the gender justice and healing director for Native Movement, one of the host organizations of the event.

One of the biggest stories of 2019 was the display of passion that two young Indigenous women had for their environment.

“It’s our life. It’s our future.” said Quannah Chasing Horse – she’s a Lakota Sioux and Hans Gwich’in from Fairbanks. She’s also 17. “It is not just about us either. It’s about the world. The Arctic is feeling twice as much as the entire world. We are thawing twice as fast as anywhere else in the world. And it is right now.”

The only tribal gaming casino in the state is in Metlakatla, on the Annette Island Indian Reserve. But a federally recognized tribe near Anchorage wants to change that.

In the state’s early history, a federal law -- the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act -- parceled out land to 12 regional corporations, Native Village corporations and thousands of tribal allotments. In exchange Alaska Natives gave up further claims to land and most of the resources on and under the ground. 

Alaska also considers most gambling -- outside of state-licensed gaming -- illegal.