After a court ruling that the Department of Interior (DOI) improperly excluded Alaska tribes from a process long available to lower 48 tribes, DOI announced a proposal that would allow it to accept Alaska tribal lands into trust. Although any action is years in the future, the change would provide certain protections to those lands.
A study on the depletion of herring in Southeast Alaska is prompting discussions on whether and how it may be possible to replenish their numbers.
A wind-diesel project in southwest Alaska cost $13.2 million, or $3.3 million per village. A $30 million figure in yesterday's newscast included funds for several other area projects as well.