The Juneau Assembly started to include a land acknowledgment as part of its regular meetings in February and made it an official part of meetings in May.

Northwest Arctic Borough renews push to get VPSOs in villages

Jun 15, 2021


The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the Trump administration was wrong to reverse protections for the Pacific walrus.. The ruling will force federal agencies to reconsider what protections are warranted for the species as their ocean habitat warms.


Former Lieutenant Governor Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson will step down from her role as president of Alaska Pacific University to lead the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium as its president.

In March, Davidson was named as interim president of ANTHC after the former president resigned. Davidson took a leave of absence from her role at Alaska Pacific.  

UAF researcher on science team for unmanned Venus mission

Jun 15, 2021


UAF Geophysical Institute research professor and Venus expert Robert Herrick is on the science team of the Veritas mission, one of two Venus proposals chosen by NASA. Herrick says Veritas and the other mission, called DaVinci Plus, were selected following a competitive proposal process and will be the first to Venus since the Magellan mission ended in 1994.


Tlingit and Haida takes on mental health and wellness with new division

Jun 15, 2021

The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes already offers some social services, but it’s ready to expand. It launched the new Community and Behavioral Services Division this spring. The move marks a shift toward stronger Tribal support for wellness.

For months, officials with the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska followed along as the Juneau Assembly developed new restrictions on the use and sale of fireworks. The Tribe started Juneau’s only licensed fireworks retail shop last year.

The University of Alaska will launch a system-wide program geared toward retaining more Alaska Native students at the school and increasing the number of Alaska Native staff members.

The school recently found that Alaska Native students are enrolling, but they don’t always stay.

Tukshaak’éi Sarah Peele (Haida) is a student at University of Alaska Southeast. She transferred from the Fairbanks campus, where she said the professors didn’t make her feel welcome.

Halibut charter regulations change again, but bookings up this summer

Jun 10, 2021

Regulations for halibut charters are looser this summer for the second year in a row. The bodies regulating halibut fishing in Alaska relaxed restrictions on the fleet to again make fishing more appealing to Alaska anglers amid the pandemic.

That was before reservations started pouring in to charter operators.

This story was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

When police took Carlos Yazzie to jail on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico after his arrest on a bench warrant in January 2017, he needed immediate medical attention. His foot was swollen and his blood alcohol content was nearly six times the legal limit.