Hoonah’s Icy Strait Point is positioning itself as one of Alaska’s top cruise ship destinations.

Roughly 1-in-3 cruise ship tourists will visit the entertainment complex on the outskirts of the small Southeast community next year.

Executives from Norwegian Cruise Line visited Hoonah to participate in the groundbreaking of a second cruise dock designed for the company’s two megaships deployed to Alaska.

KNBA newscast for Thursday, August 13, 2015

VA Secretary honors WWII-era Alaska Native militia

By The Associated Press

Wednesday in Kotzebue, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald honored those who served in the Alaska Territorial Guard during World War II. He addressed seven surviving members of the largely Alaska Native militia, thanking them for their service. Members of the militia weren't formally recognized by the Army at U.S. military veterans


In a lawsuit alleging the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its authority in erecting roadblocks to the Pebble Mine, the group behind the mine has requested advance notice of EPA  actions affecting the mine.

Alaska has set a record in the number of tourists visiting Alaska in the year beginning May 1, 2013.

Native News Network reports that Alaska Native villages in the rural 49th state of Alaska are in pursuit to increase tourism. Their culture is an important component in their approach to attract tourists to the Alaska Native villages.