Tripp J Crouse

KNBA News Director

Originally from the Midwest, Tripp Crouse (Ojibwe, a descendent of Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, pronouns: they/them) 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.

President Joe Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law on Monday, November 15. The Senate passed the $1.2 trillion dollar bill in August. Thirteen Republicans -- including at-large Alaska Congressman Don Young --  joined the majority of Democrats to pass the bill . 

The first international Indigenous musical festival -- Rock Aak’w showcased several Native artists. For several artists, this was their first time on the mainstage of a festival.

Rock Aak’w brought musicians from around the world in a virtual celebration of music, Indigenous values and family. It felt like a family reunion as relatives came together to share a range of musical styles like blues, jazz, folk, and more.

Singer-and-songwriter Nicole Church is Łingit and has performed a number of local shows in Juneau.

Fourteen musical acts will participate in an international Indigenous music festival based in Juneau. Alaska Native musicians will join several others in the virtual festival called Rock Aak’w. KNBA’s Tripp Crouse talks with one of the festival organizers Qacung Stephen Blanchett about putting together the lineup.

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The Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention will be virtual for the second year in a row.

In 2020, the convention was virtual and shortened out of concerns for COVID-19.

This year, officials postponed the convention until December in the hopes of concerns about the virus would decrease.

Currently the convention is scheduled for December 13-14.

The theme of this year’s convention will be "ANCSA at 50: Empowering Our Future."

A man who pleaded guilty to killing a 10-year-old Kotzebue girl has been sentenced to 99 years in prison.

Utqiaġvik Superior Court Judge Nelson Traverso sentenced Peter Vance Wilson on September 21st, 2021, to serve 99 years in custody in the disappearance and death of Ashley Johnson-Barr. The 10-year-old Kotzebue girl went missing in September 2018.

Her father, Scotty Barr, says he was grateful for the national support as the case made its way through court. 

The American Civil Liberties Union wants a federal court to hold the city of Nome in contempt – for allegedly withholding police audits and emails in a legal case against the Nome police department. 

(Editor's note: The plaintiff’s name is publicly available via court documents. As a standard policy, KNBA does not name sexual assault survivors without their permission.)

The award-winning podcast “This Land” returns for a second season. This one examines the legal attacks on a 40-plus-year old federal law meant to protect Native children in the U.S. 

The first season of “This Land” examined two legal cases that became incredibly important to criminal jurisdiction and recognizing Tribal land. Cherokee journalist Rebecca Nagle is the host.  

“The podcast is about cases that are important to federal Indian law and Indigenous sovereignty that I felt like needed to be covered more.” 

The largest organization of Alaska Native Tribes and Native corporations announced (late Tuesday) that it will postpone its annual convention to mid-December.

In a news release, the Alaska Federation of Natives says health and safety concerns, including an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations statewide, factored into the decision.

The Alaska Federation of Natives plans to hold a December in-person convention in Anchorage, with a virtual option. The board will make a final decision on the 2021 convention in mid-October.

  A ballot measure initiative seeks to have the state of Alaska officially recognize and acknowledge the 229 federally recognized Alaska Native Tribes. 

The initiative models itself on a piece of state legislation, HB123, which passed the Alaska House by a 35-4 vote earlier this year. But fighting over the state budget has gnarled future progress of the measure. 

The initiative would create a government-to-government relationship with the state -- much in the way the 229 Tribes have with the federal government.