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Legislators hear another perspective as they consider a proposal by Gov. Bill Walker to expand Medicaid to low-income Alaskans Legislators, aides and others heard an alternate viewpoint on Medicaid expansion from a senior fellow with an organization that has referred to the "dangers" expansion poses in states that opt for it.

 

Christie Herrera, with the Foundation for Government Accountability, spoke to problems that she said some states have experienced. Herrera spoke during an informal "lunch and learn," sponsored by Sen. Mike Dunleavy.

 

State contributes 25% required match for federal funds

Members of the Legislative Bush Caucus last week in a “Lunch and Learn” session on rural sanitation were told about 900 million dollars is needed to build, replace and maintain rural sanitation systems. Last year the state put about $9 million, and federal agencies put $51 million, toward rural sanitation in Alaska. The combined 60 million dollars is less than half the amount allocated ten years ago.

Goal of tribal same-sex policy is inclusion of all tribal members

Tribes’ attorney says state of Alaska seeks to delay a ruling it has little chance of winning on appeal

Alaskan tribes allowed to exercise same rights as lower 48 tribes

Tribes in Alaska are celebrating a decision that allows them to apply to have lands placed into trust status with the federal government. The Department of Interior issued regulations settling a long-running dispute between Interior, the state of Alaska, and tribes over an interpretation of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA). 

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Climate change and Alaska Natives: Food security

By Joaqlin Estus

Here's the second in our series on Climate Change and Alaska Natives.

Wild foods are important to Alaskans, and especially to rural residents, but, subsistence users and scientists say climate change is affecting wildlife populations, access to subsistence resources, and food preservation.

With 30,000 votes yet to be counted, AP says Begich cannot overcome Sullivan's lead

Vote!

It's always important to vote and get your voice heard, but today's election has a couple of races that are very close, making every vote potentially the one that could decide whether Democrats stay in the majority in the U.S. Senate, and whether Alaska will have a  new Governor in January.

The Department of Justice may intervene in an Alaska Supreme Court case involving the adoption by a non-Native family of an Alaska Native child. Lower courts ruled the provisions of the Indian Child Welfare Act that give preference to Native families in adoption, do not apply because a formal adoption petition had not been filed.  DOJ requested an extension, and has until Nov. 24 to decide whether to intervene.

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U.S. Representative Don Young, a Republican, is running for his 22nd term as Alaska's sole representative to the U.S. House, a seat he's held for 41 years. He faces Forrest Dunbar, a Democrat, in the general election on Tuesday.

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