Returning to roots: Indian Health Service seeks traditional healers

17 hours ago

Cheryl Morales started the medicinal garden at the Aaniiih Nakoda College demonstration farm with only four plants: yarrow, echinacea, plantain and licorice root.

After 10 years, the campus garden within the Fort Belknap reservation in northern Montana now holds more than 60 species that take up almost 30,000 square feet. Morales adds new plants annually. This year, she is testing Oregon grape root and breadroot.

Tribal groups, Pebble opponents object to change in access route to proposed project

May 27, 2020

Announcement of a major change in the access route to the proposed Pebble Mine in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska is met with resistance from Tribal groups and other opponents. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday the “least environmentally damaging” access to the mine site is a road along the northern end of Iliamna Lake.

Previous plans called for a route that included crossing the lake via ferry.

The new preferred route means the mine backers will need to secure land rights from groups that oppose the project.

Almost a year ago on June 5, 2019, a lightning strike ignited the Swan Lake fire on the Kenai Peninsula. The fire burned more than 167,000 acres.

The remnants of that fire likely created prime habitat for morel mushrooms. And one ecologist hopes to crowdsource where hunters are finding them to understand more about the fungi.

But how do you get people who are inherently secretive about where they find morels --  to tell you where they find their morels?

In Anchorage, emergency room visits were down 30-50 percent in Alaska’s largest hospitals in March and April, according to hospital managers.

That might sound like a good thing, but emergency room doctors say that the statistic is evidence of a dangerous problem: patients not seeking medical care they need because they are afraid of catching the coronavirus.

Canadian border closure extended until June 21

May 26, 2020

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Canadian border will  remain closed to non-essential travel for at least another month.

The U.S. and Canada agreed March 20th to close their border to non-essential traffic for 30 days. That closure was extended in April for another 30 days.

During a news conference, Trudeau told reporters that it’s too soon to say if the border closure could extend past June 21.

The National Marine Fisheries Service says shutting down Southeast Alaska’s king salmon season would contribute little to saving an endangered population of killer whales in Puget Sound.

NOAA Fisheries filed a motion May 11 in U.S. District Court opposing a Washington state conservation group’s effort to block the summer troll and sportfishing season.

When Byron Mallott died on May 8, 2020, memories and condolences from leaders poured in across the state and beyond.

Mallott was most recently known as Alaska’s lieutenant governor, but his greatest legacy was likely shaping generations of Alaska Natives through political and corporate leadership.

Mount Edgecumbe High School graduates made history May 7, 2020, when they received their diplomas during the school’s first ever virtual graduation ceremony joining in from their home villages all across the state.

Baby pictures, cap and gown portraits, and photos encompassing four years of high school memories rotate through a slideshow, and a little “Pomp and Circumstance” signifies that Mount Edgecumbe High School’s graduation has begun.

Principal's arrest blindsided district, LKSD says, except he’d been investigated twice before

May 20, 2020

For some parents, it was the gifts from the principal to young girls and their families that gave them pause. A few too many presents that cost a little too much money. Then began the late-night Facebook messages.

Calista wants to help form a regional Tribal government. Donlin Gold could help pay for it

May 18, 2020

The Calista Corporation is spearheading an effort to form a federally recognized regional Tribal government in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The regional native corporation says that Tribes have requested the corporation’s support in this endeavor.

Other Alaska Native groups have already formed federally recognized regional Tribal governments, such as the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska.