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Alaska Natives pushing against budget cuts say the state can learn from their cultures

Aug 19, 2019

As communities across Alaska react to deep state budget cuts, some Alaska Natives are saying the state can learn from their cultures how to survive hard times. They said Alaska Natives are galvanized to try to prevent the cuts from happening — or to step in to respond if they do.

A Native Issues Forum on July 30 in Juneau included brainstorming ideas on how to respond to the cuts.

Nome museum exhibit embraces new and Old Native food traditions

Aug 15, 2019

A new multimedia exhibit at the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum showcases traditional Native foods and the ways they are prepared throughout the Bering Strait region.

The exhibit incorporates footage from both the U.S. and Russian sides of the Bering Strait:

As he speaks, Igor Pasternak watches his own footage from July 2017.

State of Alaska raises concerns about Red Dog Mine spill cleanups

Aug 13, 2019

Bering Strait athletes have winning days at WEIO

Aug 12, 2019

This year's World Eskimo Indian Olympics, or WEIO, finished with athletes from the Bering Strait region taking home top honors in multiple events. The four-day event ran from July 17 to 20 in Fairbanks.

Athletes from Nome, Unalakleet, Shishmaref and other regional communities spent a good deal of time on the podium during competition.

Remembering 1919, one hundred years later

Aug 9, 2019

A century ago, Bristol Bay was changed forever by two simultaneous calamities: The Spanish flu pandemic and the collapse of the salmon run.

The board of directors of Cook Inlet Region Incorporated, or CIRI, announced Thursday (Aug. 8, 2019) that they would support the effort to recall Governor Mike Dunleavy.

The Anchorage-based Alaska Native corporation made its announcement in an email message to shareholders and on its website.

Ethan Tyler is the director of corporate affairs for CIRI. He says the Recall Dunleavy campaign outlined four points in their messaging that CIRI supports.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is one small step closer to figuring out the difference between how many offspring hatchery fish produce versus wild stock. The department released a second batch of results this month as part of a long-range study. But there’s some disagreement over how much weight the results should carry.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is looking at pink salmon in five streams in Prince William Sound in hopes to answer crucial questions about hatchery fish. The most recent results look at 2014 pink salmon spawners in Stockdale Creek.

Australian mining company PolarX Limited recently fully funded its exploration programs located about 150 miles north of Anchorage. Those programs include potential exploration for copper and gold in the Alaska Range.

In January 2018, PolarX Limited identified a copper-gold target in its Alaska Range Project. Later that year, regional geophysical data confirmed high-grade mineralization.

A graduate student with the University of Alaska Fairbanks is installing air-quality sensors in rural and remote areas around the state to monitor wildfire smoke and other types of air pollution. A UAF professor heading up the project says the sensors will for the first time provide publicly accessible real-time data on air quality outside of cities – data that could help rural residents protect themselves from the harmful effects of wildfire smoke.

A junior mining company from Canada is searching for gold in eastern Alaska properties. The largest private landowner in the state, Doyon Limited, an Alaska Native corporation, owns two of the properties.

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