Iñupiaq summit in Kotzebue focuses on relationship-building

Feb 8, 2019

Iñupiaq language revitalization efforts continued at a summit held Jan. 24-25 in Kotzebue.

The Iñupiaq summit in Kotzebue aimed to serve as a meeting of Iñupiat largely from the North Slope, Northwest Arctic and Bering Straits regions. The summit differs from “Ilisaqativut,” a two-week long learning intensive held in Nome, in that it primarily stressed relationship building across regions.


The Alaska Dispatch News reports Edward Itta, a prominent North Slope leader, died Sunday of cancer. Itta was mayor of the North Slope Borough from 2005 to 2011, when Shell was seeking oil leases and permits for offshore Arctic development.

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.