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A Washington state Supreme Court decision could mean a legal victory for Native communities in terms of child welfare cases.

Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday, September 3, 2020, that state courts must use a “broad interpretation” when determining whether children who face removal from their parents -- have Native heritage. The decision also says that a Tribe has the exclusive role to determine who is a member, not states.

Alaska Representative Don Young introduced legislation that would restore the Census deadline to October 31st.

Young introduced the bipartisan and bicameral legislation – 2020 Census Deadline Extensions Act, or H.R. 8250 – with Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Arizona), alongside Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii).

 

Biologists are tracking some unusual stranding events around Sitka this summer, and hoping to learn more about what brought about the deaths of two killer whales, and what has made a sea lion gravely ill.

The D.C. Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals heard Friday oral arguments in a federal court case on whether Alaska Native corporations are eligible for part of CARES Act funding. 

The original lawsuit filed in April claims that Alaska Native corporations should not be eligible to receive a portion of about $8 billion of a Tribal-government set-aside of the federal COVID-19 relief money. 

The idea is that  Native corporations are not Tribal governments – at least not in the way that Lower 48 Tribes are.

During a virtual discussion August 27, hosted by the American Public Health Association, the director of a newly formed Indigenous-led non-profit talked about Missing and Murdered Indigenous People and why Indigenous data sovereignty is so important in Alaska.

Charlene Aqpik Apok is the executive director of the Alaska-based Data for Indigenous Justice.

For years, Bristol Bay has raised awareness of MMIW. Alaska's new cold case office aims to help

Sep 11, 2020

Tribal Judge Ingrid Cumberlidge is the state's first Missing and Murdered Indeginous Persons coordinator. Cumberlidge is Aleut and Tlingit. She’s from Sand Point, and she’s worked there as an educator and Tribal Court chief judge for 30 years. 

Petersburg Borough Assembly is considering an opinion on a draft senate bill that would give federal land to five Southeast communities – Petersburg, Wrangell, Ketchikan, Haines, and Tenakee Springs. These communities were left out of the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which transferred millions of acres to native corporations all over the state. 

Black Lives Matter' dumpster vandalized and restored

Sep 9, 2020

A dumpster in Bethel that is generating a lot of conversation. Right next to city hall is a dumpster with “Black Lives Matter” painted boldly on the front. Last week, someone took a can of spray paint and crossed out those words.

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