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The state constitution does not recognize hundreds of Tribes in Alaska. House Bill 123 would amend state law to officially recognize Tribes that the federal government already does. The House Special Committee on Tribal Affairs moved the measure out of committee and to the House State Affairs committee. 

During Tribal Affairs meeting (April 1, 2021), committee members held the second hearing on House Bill 123 and took testimony from invited speakers and the public.

Alaska lawmakers are considering sending a message to the federal government urging it to allow ships to bypass Canada on Alaska cruises this year.

Earlier this year, Canadian officials extended the country’s ban on large cruise ships in the country’s waters. That put the 2021 Alaska cruise season in doubt, because U.S. law doesn’t allow the foreign-flagged cruise ships that typically sail the Inside Passage to run domestic routes.

In a  House Finance Committee meeting at the state capitol in Juneau, a Department of Transportation official suggested some cost-saving measures, including ridding the fleet of one of its unused vessels, the MV Malaspina.

It’s one of the fleet’s oldest ships, built in the 1960s, and it has been moored at Ward Cove in Ketchikan since 2019.  It costs about $450,000 annually just to store the ship. 

 Last year’s salmon harvest across all species in Southeast Alaska was one of the worst in 50 years. Here’s what Southeast’s regional commercial fishery supervisor had to say about the terrible season, and about his hopes for the coming year.

special report released in March paints a stark picture of 2020’s salmon harvest in Southeast Alaska. 

My name is Tripp Crouse (Two-Spirit Ojibwe, they/them) and I’m the news director for 90.3 KNBA.

As news director, I collect stories from around the state and elsewhere for our weekday forecasts, website and social media. I also report and write stories of my own – usually with the focus on Indigenous people, places and policies as it pertains to Alaska.

I’m also the person that makes the decisions on which version of a word to use, whether to capitalize a particular word choice or how to even present a word that’s not in the English language.

A federally recognized Tribe in the Ahtna region of the Copper River area hopes to buy more than 450 acres of its traditional homeland -- and return it to the Tribe. 

A permanent village of Tazlina was established in the early 1900s near the confluence of Tsedi Na, or Copper River, and Tezdlen Na, or Tazlina River. 

Tezdlen or Tazlina is one of eight villages in the Ahtna region and is about 70 miles north-northeast of Valdez, and about 150 miles northeast of Anchorage.

An Anchorage man was sentenced to five years probation after being found guilty of illegally marketing items he sold as being made by an Alaska Native artist.

On March 10th, 2021, a U.S. district judge also sentenced Lee Screnock, 60, to pay $2,500 in restitution, and surrender more than $125,000 in retail product.

Metlakatla Indian Community will appeal a federal judge’s dismissal of a fishing rights case against Gov. Mike Dunleavy and his administration. Lawyers for the Tribe filed the appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday.

For years, Bret Bradford has lived the seasonal rhythm of a commercial fisherman. He spends summers gillnetting salmon out of Cordova, and in the winter, he looks for odd jobs around town. 

When a friend asked if wanted to spend the winters growing kelp instead, he saw an opportunity for stable, year-round work. 

“I thought, man, how hard could it be to grow kelp?” he said.

Bradford already has a boat and knowledge of the water. And the timing is perfect: kelp farmers plant seeds in the fall and harvest them in the spring, just before fishing season. 

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