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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.

What Alaskans learned from ‘the mother of all pandemics’

May 18, 2020

It’s October 1918 in Juneau, and the future of Alaska depends on which comes first — winter or the so-called Spanish flu.

At that time the flu had already been ravaging the outside world, infecting one-third of the global population. It added to the tragic loss of human life in World War I, which was about to end. When it was all over, records show at least 50 million total deaths from the flu worldwide.

Virtual yuraq sessions are a place to come together in dance and song

May 15, 2020

“You always want to start on the right side. You’re going, 'The world out there, the world in here, we dance it,'" Atkiq Ilutsik-Snyder begins.

She’s teaching yuraq traditional dancing and singing in a video on Facebook — and this particular dance is called Ellamta Nunanirqutii — Our World's Inner Beauty. Ossie Assanaaq Kairaiuak from the band Pamyua composed it for the Bristol Bay region.

The U.S. Inspector General sent a letter to a New Mexico senator confirming an investigation into whether the Departments of Interior and Treasury violated ethics rules and regulations.

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a Democrat, shared the letter in an announcement Monday, May 11, welcoming the investigation. Udall serves as vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Chilkat weaving has been practiced for hundreds of years by Indigenous people in the Northwest Coast. The intricate design is a kind of woven record, documenting history and clan migration.

In Juneau, one weaver wanted to create a work of art to reflect the biggest story of our time: the coronavirus. And Chilkat weaving seemed like the perfect medium to express that.

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