UAF radar systems offer a variety of uses for Bering Strait region

Nov 14, 2019

For years, coastal cities across the Lower 48 have been using high-frequency radar systems to monitor and track ocean currents. Now, the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) College of Fisheries and Sciences are bringing similar technology to the Bering Strait Region.

UAF researcher Rachel Potter talked about the potential benefits high-frequency radar could offer to Western Alaska.

Ivory workshop gives a place for struggling Anchorage carvers to work

Nov 13, 2019

In a cluttered downtown Anchorage workshop, Leon Misak Kinneeveauk pondered what to do with small walrus skull on an afternoon in late October.

“I think I’m gonna make a mask out of that,” he said.

For the third year in a row, the Sitka Tribe of Alaska partnered with the Forest Service to grow Tlingit potatoes. Alaska Natives have cultivated these tubers in Southeast for several hundred years. Now, the Tribe is trying to raise the profile of the crop both as an important cultural link and as a potential tool in its drive for food security.

U.S. Senate passes bill with funds for murdered and missing indigenous women

Nov 11, 2019

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate agreed to spend $6.5 million to tackle the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women.

It’s a small line-item within a massive spending package, but it’s one Sen. Lisa Murkowski is proud to have included.

“That opens up funding to go … to investigate cold cases and just really put some energy behind this issue,” Murkowski said.

Yup'ik Elders revive traditional baby parka

Nov 7, 2019

Sewing atasuaq, traditional baby parkas, was almost a lost skill until a Yup’ik Elder helped revive it. And the result? An atasuaq, sewed with bird skin, from the coastal village of Toksook Bay.

‘Landless’ tribes stake out selections of the Tongass

Nov 4, 2019

Some Southeast Alaska tribal communities who were excluded from forming village corporations in the 1970s continue to push for a land settlement. Residents and descendants of natives in Wrangell, Petersburg, Tenakee Springs, Ketchikan and Haines call themselves landless tribes. The effort backed by Sealaska Corporation, has released a series of maps with acreage they’d like sliced out of Tongass National Forest.

Most fluent speakers of the Lingít language are elders. But the instructors of an immersion classroom in Juneau have high hopes: to raise a new generation of Lingít speakers.

When you step inside the Haa Yóo X̱ʼatángi Kúdi classroom, two rules are immediately clear: shoes off, and Lingít only. At least for the adults.

Haa Yóo X̱ʼatángi Kúdi means “our language’s nest,” or “our language nest.”

Sea ice a long ways off from Western Alaska

Nov 4, 2019

With a poor start for ice forming in northern Alaska waters this season, the latest climate forecasts predict sea ice may not reach Western Alaska until December.

Learning Yup'ik on the go: A new language app for Bristol Bay

Nov 4, 2019

Atkiq Michelle Ilutsik-Snyder and Diane Wetter are trying out a new way to learn Yup’ik during a conference at the Bristol Bay Campus in Dillingham.

"All right! So we’re looking at the Yugtun app. Lesson three: foods. So we’re going to learn," Ilutsik-Snyder said, starting them off.     

Da Ku Cultural Centre celebrates 150 years of the Kohklux map

Oct 31, 2019

Yukon First Nations and Alaska Natives gathered Saturday at the Da Ku Cultural Centre in Haines Junction to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Kohklux map. That’s the oldest map of the Southern Yukon region from Klukwan, Alaska to Fort Selkirk in the Yukon Territory.

The maps are kept in a climate controlled room in the Da Ku center while they are on loan from the Bancroft Library.