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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.

Jan. 4, 2016

Test aimed at most frequently diagnosed cancer among Alaska Natives 

By Associated Press

By Zachariah Hughes, APRN – Anchorage

The State court heard oral arguments yesterday [Wed., Dec. 16, 2015] in a case involving the contentious lease of the Legislative Information Office in downtown Anchorage. The case's plaintiff, Jim Gottstein, owns the building next to the LIO and alleges financial improprieties in the lease agreement between law-markers and the property's landlord, which could invalidate the space's 10-year lease. Gottstein also argues that as a whistleblower, he should be compensated 10 percent of what's saved if the lease is terminated.

Sept. 25, 2015

Kotzebue Nursing Home Serving Traditional Foods

Associated Press

Residents of a nursing home in Kotzebue now have musk ox and other traditional native foods on the menu. It's part of a program under a new federal law that allows donated food to be served at nursing homes, child nutrition programs and other public and nonprofit facilities, including those run by Indian tribes and tribal groups.

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Nov. 23, 2015

Dan Fauske resigns as president of state gas line corporation

By Rachel Waldholz, APRN - Anchorage | November 21, 2015

Dan Fauske has resigned as president of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), which represents the state in the proposed $45 to $65 billion project to bring natural gas from the North Slope to Cook Inlet for export.

The resignation was announced at an early morning meeting of the AGDC board on Saturday, and accepted in a unanimous vote.

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