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Federal prosecutors have charging a North Slope whaling captain with killing a polar bear in violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Prosecutors said Chris Gordon, 35, shot the bear outside his home in the coastal Alaska village of Kaktovik, which has become a destination for both polar bears and tourists as Arctic sea ice has melted.

One thing lies at the heart of Gwich’in tribes’ opposition to oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: caribou.

At Arctic Village’s annual spring carnival in April, men gathered around a plastic folding table for a contest to see who could skin a caribou leg the fastest. Their knives worked swiftly from knee to cloven hoof, hands tugging meat, tendon and hide from bone.

Murkowski finds EPA criticism of Pebble Mine ‘substantial’

Jul 17, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency issued harsh assessments of the proposed Pebble Mine, and they’ve made an impression on Lisa Murkowski. But the senator says her powers are limited.

For years, Murkowski has stayed neutral on the mine itself while defending the permitting process, so her recent statements are uncharacteristically pointed.

Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center unveils Frog House artifacts in Klukwan

Jul 17, 2019

Frog House poles returned to Klukwan after 43 years in limbo. The Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center unveiled the treasured artifacts at an emotional ceremony.

Dozens of Klukwan residents and their guests filed through the exhibition rooms at Klukwan’s Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center to the beat of drums. They came to see the carved wooden poles that once held up the Frog House and a replica of the raven screen that adorned it.

Record warm water likely gave Kuskokwim salmon heart attacks

Jul 17, 2019

As record high temperatures swept Alaska, many people said that the heat was killing them. For Kuskokwim salmon, it was actually true. Never before seen temperatures in the Kuskokwim River likely sent salmon into cardiac arrest.

New senate majority leader denounces cuts to public broadcasting

Jul 16, 2019

The ongoing feud among Alaska’s legislators over where to hold the current special session has had its first political casualty.

Republican senator Mia Costello of Anchorage was ousted from her position as Senate Majority Leader, and the job instead was given to Bethel Democratic senator Lyman Hoffman, who wasted no time voicing his objections to the governor’s massive veto package.

Hoffman is the only Democrat in the otherwise all-Republican senate majority.

Koahnic Broadcast Corporation and its subsidiaries, such as KNBA, National Native News and Indigefi, recently won several national awards. The Native American Journalist Association recently announced the list of winners for its 2019 awards.

Alexis Sallee won two awards for Indigefi’s Definition of Resilience projects.

Alutiiq artist rediscovers Alaska’s original raingear

Jul 10, 2019

Picture the kind of waterproof jacket we all depend on in Southeast Alaska: long sleeves, a hood, maybe a drawstring. The best ones use some variety of next-generation plastics to keep the rain out while staying breathable and light. But these are far from the first of their kind. Alaskan Natives have been making raincoats for centuries, without synthetic materials. How? By carefully sewing seal guts.

Juneau Assembly renames downtown district to honor original residents

Jul 9, 2019

A downtown Juneau neighborhood has a new name. Formerly known as the Willoughby District, the area will now be known as the Aak’w Village District, paying homage to its original residents.

In the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, tribal and village police officers are often hired without training. Many communities lack officers, and turnover can be high. This month, about a dozen of the region’s officers attended a two-week rural law enforcement training course at Bethel’s Yuut Elitnaurviat.

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