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Alaska Federation of Natives

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the state controls rivers running through Alaska’s federal conservation lands.  It’s the second consideration of a case filed against the National Park Service by Anchorage resident John Sturgeon. The high court found state rivers are basically exempt from regulation by National Park Service.

 5/12/16

Lawyers say state could be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars over Anchorage Legislative offices. After a judge ruled the building's lease was illegal, Legislators opted to lease a mid-town building.

Myron Naneng, long-time head of the Association of Village Council Presidents, abruptly resigns amid allegations of misspent federal funds.

Alaska performer Jack Dalton arrested for alleged sexual abuse of a minor.

Statewide Native claims leader, lobbyist John Borbridge, Jr., a Tlingit from Juneau, died Tuesday. 

10/14/15

State investigators critical of police work

By Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

  The Alaska Federation of Natives has released a draft agenda for the upcoming Convention Oct. 15, 16, 17 at the Dena'ina Convention Center in Anchorage. Tune in to KNBA 90.3 FM for live Gavel-to-Gavel coverage of the conference beginning at 8:00 a.m. Thursday.  At noon Thur.-Sat., National Native News' Antonia Gonzales will host "Alaska's Native Voice," a one-hour discussion with guests about important Native issues. And we'll have daily news updates at 7:30 and 8:30 a.m.

Climate change, Alaska Native issues high profile during President Obama visit to Alaska

Alaska Native issues will be the subject of high-level international attention during President Obama’s three-day visit to Alaska that begins today [Monday]. The president has scheduled a listening session with Alaska Native leaders today to discuss climate change, and economic issues. He’s expected to announce a new initiative to help dozens of Native communities facing destruction by erosion and flooding due to the effects of climate change.

    

  Major candidates for the U .S. Senate in Alaska are making one final push to rally voters. Incumbent Senator Democrat Mark Begich, and challenger Dan Sullivan held rallies. Sullivan appeared at a rally with Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican and Tea Party favorite. Cruz blasted the status quo in Washington, DC., and advocated the abolition of the Internal Revenue Service. Begich called for more cooperation and an end to bipartisan politics.

 Alaska Federation of Natives endorses Begich, Walker, Mallott 

Pollsters are closely watching races in a few states to see whether Democrats are going to hang on to their majority in the U.S. Senate. In Alaska, incumbent Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat, was behind Republican challenger Dan Sullivan in the polls by some five points until last week when Begich pulled ahead by a few points.

A look back at the 3-day Elders and Youth Conference

Delvin Anderstrom, of Yakutat, gave a keynote address after Elder Fred John gave his. Anderstrom's  nine-minute address was given in the Tlingit language, a rare achievement for a 17-year-old. He says some ideas are best communicated in their original language.

"Scathing" report leads to Alaska National Guard firings

Three leaders of the Alaska National Guard have been fired from their positions. The removal of Brig. Generals Catherine Jorgensen and Donald Wenke, and Col. Edith Grunwald was announced Monday night. Gov. Sean Parnell says the firings are related to the results of an investigation by the National Guard Bureau's Office of Complex Investigations, which were  released in September. The report described cronyism, fraud, and the mishandling of sexual assault cases.

Native leaders say a Sept. 12th Alaska Supreme Court ruling in a case involving a Yup’ik child will cause higher numbers of Native children to be cut off from their families and culture. As KNBA’s Joaqlin Estus reports, the state says the decision in Tununak vs the state of Alaska will put kids into permanent homes more quickly, and follows a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. “Baby Dawn,” not her real name, was four months old in 2008 when the state took custody of her. She was put in foster care with a non-Native family in Anchorage.

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