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5/6/2016

Governor names Tribal Advisory Council Members

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA - Anchorage

Governor Bill Walker Thursday announced the formation of an 11-member tribal advisory council. He said the goal is to talk with tribes about issues of concern to both tribes and the state, and to find ways to join forces to address them. Walker said he and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott will meet with the Governor’s Tribal Advisory Council quarterly, or more often as the need arises.

KTOO - Juneau

Knowing Tlingit makes possible a life of understanding the ways of our elders

By Johanna Eurich

Most of Alaska’s twenty Native languages are going extinct. However, a Native languages assistant professor at the University of Alaska Southeast is bucking that tide. Lance X’uneit Twitchell worked hard to learn Tlingit, a language used by his family for thousands of years. Tlingit people have a rich and complex high civilization along the Pacific coast in Southeast Alaska famous for its totem poles, clan system, regalia, rich poetry and formal rhetoric.

By Johanna Eurich, Independent Producer

Alaska Natives have been struggling with the failure of public education in their villages for a long time. Today, we look at two communities taking control of their schools.

By Johanna Eurich, Independent Producer

Many if not most of Alaska's rural schools are not working.  Low student performance and high teacher turnover are just two of more obvious indicators of problems in these mostly Native school districts. Those working in the schools say it's time for radical changes.

Paul Berg has taught in Alaska for more than 40 years -- ten of them in villages.

Only 10 people from across the country are getting an award on April 27, 2016 for their work to get a second chance for people with a criminal record. One of them is a Yup’ik Alaskan.

Greg Razo, is in Washington DC to accept a White House Champion of Change award.

“I’m proud to represent Alaska and Alaska Native people as we strive for equity in justice, in the criminal justice system,” said Razo.

Joaqlin Estus / KNBA

Continuing low prices pressure Legislators to consider reduced oil and gas tax credits

By the Associated Press

Alaska tribes to Receive $100 Million in Back Pay

A federal court has approved payment of almost a billion dollars by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to 700 tribes across the nation. The settlement is for decades of underpayment by the BIA to tribes for education, road construction, and other contracts.

Joaqlin Estus / KNBA

  Nov. 12, 2015

A Juneau man making a film about historical trauma and Alaska Natives faces two challenges. First, he is terminally ill with A-L-S, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Second, he’s getting criticism that because he’s White, he can’t do justice to the topic. 

Jan. 22, 2016

In his second State of the State address to the Legislature, Governor Bill Walker recapped his first year in office, and described some of his hopes for the future. His main message, though, is that legislators, through their actions, or inaction, in coming months, will make important, even historic, decisions affecting the future of Alaska.

In a Rasmuson survey, Alaskans share ideas on how to handle state budget deficit

By Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO - Juneau

Alaskans are increasingly concerned about the $3.5 billion state budget shortfall. And they’re interested in using both state spending cuts and new revenue to close the gap.

That’s according to the Rasmuson Foundation’s Plan For Alaska which surveyed 800 Alaskans earlier this month.

Compared with a similar survey in July, the share of residents who are extremely concerned about the shortfall rose from 31 percent to 43 percent.

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