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For years, a small American flag was all that marked the grave of George Fox. Now, his resting place will finally be recognized. 

Every year, Unangax̂ Elder Gertrude Svarny visits the Russian Orthodox cemetery in Unalaska and puts a tiny U.S. flag on an unmarked grave.

The grave is for her childhood friend, George Fox (Unangax̂ ), who died during World War II.

June Nelson Elementary School is working to help their students connect more with Iñupiaq language and culture. In previous years, the curriculum included two, 20-minute sessions of Iñupiaq each week, but there have been increases across all grades according to the school’s principal, Faith Jurs. 

Many Southeast Alaska homeowners are converting to electric heat pumps as a way to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and improve air quality. But in some of Southeast’s smallest communities, the high cost of electricity makes operating them unaffordable.

An invasive fungus is threatening Alaska’s frogs, toads, newts and salamanders.

The fungus’ full Latin name — Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis — is such a mouthful that scientists refer to it as “Bd” or chytrid.

medevac plane flew above Igiugig last August. A child needed to be transported to Anchorage for intensive care.

Ida Nelson had just finished taking a steam when she heard the plane overhead. It was late, around 11 p.m. She told the story during last week’s Red Cross Real Heroes awards ceremony.

“Somebody needed extended care, and the only way to get it is to get them on a medevac and out to Anchorage,” she said.

On Tuesday, May 25, 2021, a state commission that oversees historical place names and registries will  consider nominations for the National Register for Historic Places. 

Alaska’s longest-running fish plant facility – the Diamond NN Cannery -- is among the nominations for the Alaska Historical Commission to consider passing on to the National Register of Historic Places. The South Naknek cannery operated almost continuously from 1895 to 2015.

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act certainly has its flaws. But museums and Native cultural organizations look to the future of digital collections and repatriation.

The Alutiiq Museum, which is based in Kodiak, will begin to digitize its collection with the eventual goal of expanding and digitizing collections from other museums.

Museum collections curator Amanda Lancaster says they’re already using a database and have most of their object’s catalogued.

In Alaska, repatriations can range from as small as an individual bone or skull, up to hundreds of sets of remains.

Between 1910 and 1941, Czech anthropologist Aleš Hrdlička curated the U.S. Museum of Natural History.

In the 1930s he removed remains of more than 1,000 individuals and funerary objects from Larsen Bay and brought them to the Smithsonian Institute.

In the early 1990s, the Smithsonian Institute returned many of those remains to the community.

In early 2021, the Harvard Peabody Museum issued a statement apologizing for its reluctance working with Tribes to return some remains and funerary objects.

The social unrest of 2020 reignited the conversation of returning ancestral remains and sacred objects to their people

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