It’s well known that traumatic experiences can have lifelong impacts on health and well-being. But it’s possible that those effects can last longer than a single lifetime. A new study asks whether the effects of trauma have been passed down genetically in Tlingit families in Hoonah.

Petersburg brothers demonstrate Tlingit way of processing a seal

Sep 4, 2019

The Petersburg Indian Association held a four-day cultural camp in Petersburg. The event was open to all members of the community and offered a chance to learn about wild food harvesting, Native language, and traditional technology, among other things.

The camp kicked off with a unique demonstration that was not for the faint of stomach.

Mule deer, white-tailed deer expand range into Alaska

Sep 3, 2019

New species of deer are moving into parts of Alaska, including the Upper Lynn Canal. Alaska Department of Fish and Game is gathering information on these ungulates.

White-tailed and mule deer are not native to Alaska, but the state’s Department of Fish and Game says they’re colonizing the 49th state. That’s starting in areas proximate to the Canadian border, where white-taileds and mule deer are known to live.

Years of data suggest ecosystem shifts in the Northern Bering Sea

Aug 30, 2019

Scientists say based on years of observations and data gathered in the Northern Bering Sea, as well as a recent research cruise, they can see warming waters and biological changes going further north. This seems to indicate a shift in the Northern Bering from one type of ecosystem to another.

“It’s like taking a balloon and you blow it up, squeeze the bottom of it, and this is the south. And what you’re doing is expanding it into the north.”

Sanitation is focus as Indian Health Service tours Wales, Shishmaref

Aug 28, 2019

Acting director of the Indian Health Service met with community leaders in Wales and Shishmaref to see firsthand the sanitation challenges Alaska Native villages face.

Over the past few months, levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning in Southeast Alaskan shellfish have been very high. A coalition of tribal organizations is tracking PSP levels to make sure subsistence users can safely harvest shellfish.

As Reuben Cash walked down to the water at Nahku Bay in Skagway at low tide, the beach was slick and… fragrant.

Group seeking Dunleavy recall isn’t stopping at minimum as it continues to gather signatures

Aug 26, 2019


What do you do when you’ve gathered enough signatures for a recall application?

For the organizers of the campaign to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy, the answer is: Keep going.

While they say the effort passed the minimum under state law, they’re planning to go through early September. Recall Dunleavy campaign chair Meda DeWitt has two words on whether the group considered stopping at the minimum: “No way.”

Summer chum salmon die-off likely caused by heat stress, scientists say

Aug 23, 2019

Salmon have been found dead in rivers across Western Alaska this summer. The largest die-off reported comes from the Koyukuk River, a tributary of the Yukon. Scientists suspect that the summer’s record heat is the cause.

In mid-July, Lisa Bifelt needed to catch fish to eat over the winter, so she and her boyfriend boated to an eddy near her home in Huslia on the Koyukuk River. 

Curyung Tribe to leave Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation

Aug 22, 2019

The Curyung Tribe is leaving the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation.

In a statement, Robert Clark, President and CEO of BBAHC, said the corporation "does not intend to change any of its policies about who is eligible to receive healthcare in its facilities and the scope and nature of care we provide until all withdrawal issues have been addressed."

Tribal administrator Courtenay Carty said in an email that the tribe passed a resolution in May to withdraw from BBAHC.

Point Lay sees earliest walrus haul out ever

Aug 22, 2019

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today confirmed that walrus are again gathering on the shores of a barrier island near the Native Village of Point Lay.

It’s the earliest walrus haul-out since it began happening in 2007, according to the federal agency.