The tribal lawsuit over herring in Sitka Sound boiled down to one question this week: Does the management of the commercial seine fishery still allow residents a “reasonable opportunity” to harvest enough spawn for subsistence?

Tiffany Zulkosky focuses on state budget, government relationships with Tribes

Feb 4, 2020

As the 2020 Legislature kicks into gear, lawmakers have other priorities than just passing a state budget. Bethel Democrat Tiffany Zulkosky, who is also the only Alaska Native woman in the House, is focusing both on the state establishing stronger relationships with Alaska Native Tribes, and on drafting a sustainable state budget.

Alaska Native language speakers to be counted by new coalition survey

Feb 4, 2020

The 2020 Census is not the only counting effort in Western Alaska this year. Debuting in the beginning of February, a comprehensive language survey of Inupiat will project speaker counts and gauge attitudes of Alaska’s Inupiaq community.

Klukwan weaver Lani Hotch receives national honor for traditional arts

Feb 4, 2020

Klukwan artist Lani Hotch was honored with a United States Artists award this year for her contributions to the field of Traditional Arts. She is one of fifty artists across many disciplines to receive the honor.

Warm light floods the upstairs room where Lani Hotch weaves. Robes and regalia that she’s made are laid over a daybed; their colors and patterns seem to move under the eye. Her loom stands like a sentinel on the back wall. Outside, the Chilkat River glows silver under the snow.

Legislation the key to future educational Tribal compacting

Jan 31, 2020

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration has been discussing plans for possible legislation with federally recognized Tribes that will allow for educational tribal compacts in Alaska. During a presentation and listening session last month, the governor gave examples of what that could look like in rural Alaska communities.

In the middle of the night on Nov. 3, 2015, a fire started on the Kilbuck school campus that eventually engulfed the building in flames and destroyed it.

Four years later, a replacement school is still nowhere near completion. The Lower Kuskokwim School District and its insurance companies disagree over how much money the school district should receive to build a new school, a decision that will now be up to a jury.

October 1 carries a deadline that will affect all Alaskans who travel by plane. That’s the day that passengers will need a federally-recognized REAL I.D.-compliant form of identification in order to travel on a commercial airline. 

Though about nine months away, the deadline causing trouble for a lot of rural Alaska communities, many of which don’t have D.M.V. offices and have to travel to other cities. Another concern is the documentation required to get a REAL I.D.

Lawsuit targets Alaska salmon management to protect southern killer whales

Jan 27, 2020

A conservation organization based in Washington state is threatening to sue the federal government over the management of Alaska’s chinook salmon fisheries.

The Wild Fish Conservancy claims that management strategies in Alaska approved by the government pose a threat to the survival of several salmon runs in Washington, and the killer whales who depend on them.

Youth summit coordinates services for Fairbanks children

Jan 24, 2020

As many as 200 teenagers in Interior Alaska are defined as homeless – they do not sleep in their own beds in a family home. Some are at risk for drug abuse or assault. Agencies working to keep youths safe, fed, sober and guided toward finishing school met at a youth summit.

Candlelight vigils honor life of Kristen Huntington

Jan 24, 2020

In communities across the state last week, people came together to remember a very special woman, Kristen Huntington.