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Currently the state of Alaska does not recognize Tribes the same way as the federal government or states in the Lower 48 do. A measure in the state House would amend state law to officially recognize most Tribes of Alaska. 

Advocates say that pushing for that formal recognition is about changing the relationship between the state and Tribes. 

House Bill 123 would change state law so that Alaska officially recognized Tribes in the state in the same way that the federal government does.

Eastern Aleutian Tribes vaccinates some of Alaska's farthest-flung communities

Mar 23, 2021

One of the most remote regions in Alaska is the Aleutian Islands. And for the most part, communities along the island chain have done well throughout the pandemic, recording relatively few cases outside of seafood processing plants.

But as the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more widely available across the state and country, health care providers are grappling with the logistical challenges of distributing vaccines to the region's windswept communities

Lawmakers consider relaxing conflict rules for boards of fish, game

Mar 23, 2021

Members of the citizen boards that set the rules for fishing and hunting on state lands aren’t allowed to join the discussion if they have a conflict of interest. 

The U.S. House passed a bill to renew the Violence Against Women Act, with a pilot program that would expand tribal law enforcement in five Alaska Native villages.

The VAWA bill would give Alaska Tribes authority to prosecute crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking and related offenses.

As spring returns to Bristol Bay, so too do Togiak  herring.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game projects a biomass of 236,700 tons — the highest forecast since 1993, when the state started to use its current forecasting method.

The federal court system will likely decide the fate of Tundra Ridge Road, also known as Polk Road, also known as Uamuralria Drive. The State of Alaska has filed an action of eminent domain to condemn part of a Native allotment for the road. 

Dunleavy withdraws order to split Alaska’s health and social services into separate departments

Mar 19, 2021

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has withdrawn the executive order that would have split the state Department of Health and Social Services.

Alaska lawmakers consider new sport fish surcharge

Mar 18, 2021

An Alaska resident last year would have to pay $29 for a sport fishing license. Same goes for the 14 years before that. 

This year, the same license costs $20. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game scrapped the surcharge after paying off a bond debt on the construction of two hatcheries.

But the reduction might just be temporary. Legislators are considering levying another, smaller surcharge on those licenses this summer. This time, the charge would fund maintenance projects at sport fish hatcheries around the state.

Petersburg’s borough assembly heard testimony both for and against proposed legislation to transfer land from the Tongass National Forest to five new urban Native corporations.

Alaska Natives from five Southeast Alaska communities are seeking that compensation not granted in a land claims bill 50 years ago and are seeking support from the municipal government in their effort.

The legislation has been introduced in past sessions of Congress and is expected to be reintroduced again later this year.

Sealaska Heritage Institute and the luxury retailer Neiman Marcus have settled a lawsuit over a coat the company sold. The coat bears a striking resemblance to a copyrighted, Alaska Native Ravenstail pattern.

The case began with Neiman Marcus but eventually grew to include 11 defendants.

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