The partial federal shutdown is putting strain on some Alaska Native tribes and tribal organizations. Some are dipping into reserves in order to pay for services that the federal government usually covers.

Federally recognized tribes in Alaska are missing some payments from the federal government during the partial shutdown.

Tribes are eligible for funding through federal agencies either directly or through contracts, grants or other agreements.

  A rare wooden rattle attributed to a famous Tlingit artist sold at an art auction in California last month. The 230-year-old piece came from a private collector and sold for a half-million dollars.

When Sealaska Heritage Institute Native arts curator Steve Brown first laid eyes on the shaman’s rattle, he was amazed by the piece’s excellent condition.

“Nobody had ever seen this before,” Brown said. “It had just kind of come out of the woodwork.”

Alaska Native writers with work widely published and read by many are not very common nowadays.

However, one published writer from the Norton Sound region will receive a Governor’s Arts and Humanities Award from the State of Alaska.

an award from the State of Alaska. She hopes she will inspire more Alaska Natives to share their words with others.

An Anchorage-based artist wants his message to scream.

"The same words if you whisper them mean something completely different if you scream them," said Thomas Chung, an assistant professor of art and painting at the University of Alaska Anchorage. “My work, the things I'm trying to say, they need to be screamed, or else it's not the same message.” 

  Housing is not the main culprit for Unalaska’s high cost of living, according to a survey conducted by the City of Unalaska's Planning Department.

Through the national questionnaire from the Council for Community and Economic Research, Unalaska’s cost of living index was seventh overall – behind Manhattan; Nantucket, Massachussets; San Francisco; Honolulu; Brooklyn; and Washington, D.C.

For Planning Director Bil Homka, the results were an eye opener.

Juneau School District Board of Education voted unanimously to accept the gift of a Tlingit name for Juneau-Douglas High School. As with other schools in the district, the Tlingit name of Kalé will be an addition, not a replacement.

The oldest high school in Alaska’s capital sits at the base of a mountain. That mountain shares its name with the city, and with the school: Juneau.

But it has other names.

Put on your dancing shoes -- a 10-day festival of folk music and arts returns to Anchorage.

Musicians from all over the state will travel to Alaska’s largest city to celebrate music at the Anchorage Folk Festival.

“We go back 30 years, and what it is a ten-day festival of music and folk arts at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on the UAA campus,” said Joel Kadarauch, a Anchorage Folk Festival board member.  

Nearly two dozen teachers, parents and community members dominated public testimony last week's Anchorage School Board meeting, asking the school district to set aside more time for lunch and recess in elementary schools.

A paper published in November 2018 analyzes the oldest ancient artifact found in the Arctic -- a 9,000-year-old child’s tooth.

The state of Alaska has begun the process of giving about 20 acres of land the state developed without permission back to Gulkana, a village about 155 miles northeast of Anchorage, near Glennallen.

“Saturday was a big day for Gulkana, they got their land back," said Nick Jackson, Gulkana Village Council vice president.

According to a news release from his office, then-Gov. Bill Walker and the village formally agreed to the process Saturday.