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At the 8th annual White House Tribal Nations Conference, Byron Nicholai, of Toksook Bay, sang while Brian Cladoosby, President of the National Congress of American Indians and Chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribe, led an honoring ceremony. He [and Chief Many Hearts, Marilynn Malerba Mohegan, of Connecticut] placed a custom woven Pendleton blanket [designed by Musqueam Coast Salish artist Susan Point of Canada] on President Obama.

President Obama takes no questions from Alaska media

Sept. 4, 2015

By Zachariah Hughes, APRN

During his visit to Alaska, President Obama did not take a single question from Alaskan reporters. KNOM news director Matthew Smith traveled with the press pool to Kotzebue.

Sept. 3, 2015

Change affects whether villages can get funds to fix existing water and sewer systems or only to replace them

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA, with assistance from Matthew Smith, KNOM

Joaqlin Estus / KNBA

Sept. 3, 2015

President Obama names Denali Commission as lead agency for coastal communities threatened by climate change

Based on a story by Zach Hughes, APRN

Wednesday in Kotzebue, President Obama continued his focus on climate change in Alaska by announcing that the Denali Commission will take the lead in dealing with coastal communities threatened by disastrous flooding, erosion and thawing permafrost.

President will announce a Federal coordinator for building climate resilience in Alaska, launch a remote Alaskan Communities Energy Efficiency Competition, and announce a city-led public-private partnership to achieve 99.7 percent clean energy on Kodiak Island.

The White House issued the following fact sheet today.

9/2/15

Yesterday, President Obama announced he wants to beef up the nation's fleet of icebreakers. We have more on that below. First is this report from APRN's Washington, D.C. correspondent, who followed the President in Seward.

President Obama highlights climate change effects to Exit Glacier

By Liz Ruskin, APRN

Joaqlin Estus / KBNA

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA  

Following a speech by President Obama on climate change, the mood at the Alaska Airlines Center at University of Alaska Anchorage was far from somber. Mala White sang the national anthem at a celebration of diversity and welcome party for the President hosted by the Alaska Federation of Natives and dozens of other community organizations. She was followed by Shalena Hansen singing "The Alaska Flag."

Climate change, Alaska Native issues high profile during President Obama visit to Alaska

Alaska Native issues will be the subject of high-level international attention during President Obama’s three-day visit to Alaska that begins today [Monday]. The president has scheduled a listening session with Alaska Native leaders today to discuss climate change, and economic issues. He’s expected to announce a new initiative to help dozens of Native communities facing destruction by erosion and flooding due to the effects of climate change.

By Liz Ruskin, APRN

Next week, downtown Anchorage will be crawling with dignitaries, in town for an international conference hosted by the State Department. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz today announced which streets will close for security. He says residents should be flexible when visiting downtown for the first half of the week. But, as APRN’s Liz Ruskin reports, he says it won’t be that bad.

ANWR also on Governor's list of topics to discuss with Presidnet

Gov. Bill Walker said he plans to emphasize the importance of the state being able to develop its resources during President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Alaska.

Walker told reporters he anticipates some one-on-one time with Obama and plans to raise  the issue of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with Obama.

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