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Two tribes and Alaska governor at odds over tribal sovereignty

May 1, 2019

Two tribes say that Gov. Mike Dunleavy and his administration aren’t doing enough to consult with their leaders on big issues facing the state. The previous administration made it state policy to consult with tribal entities on a government-to-government basis, which is standard practice at the federal level. But while Dunleavy acknowledges the policy, he’s unclear about how it would apply.

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.

Monday (Aug. 15), Alaska Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth announced she will drop an appeal in a case involving increased tribal jurisdiction through placement of tribal lands into trust.

Trust status transfers title to those lands to the federal government, and protects the land from taxation or seizure for debt. It gives tribes greater jurisdiction and access to federal funding. Trust lands include reservations. They’re a long-standing and common feature of land management for lower 48 tribes.

By Emily Files, KHNS - Haines

A Haines tribe is calling a recent decision by a U.S. Court of Appeals a “historic victory.” The Chilkoot Indian Association was among five plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging what is known as the “Alaska exception” – which prohibited Alaska tribes from placing their lands into federal trust. After years of litigation, including an appeal from the state, the federal court sided with the tribes. Alaska tribes can now petition for sovereignty over their lands.

5/6/2016

Governor names Tribal Advisory Council Members

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA - Anchorage

Governor Bill Walker Thursday announced the formation of an 11-member tribal advisory council. He said the goal is to talk with tribes about issues of concern to both tribes and the state, and to find ways to join forces to address them. Walker said he and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott will meet with the Governor’s Tribal Advisory Council quarterly, or more often as the need arises.

5/4/16

Legislation limiting who can provide sex education moving forward

By the Associated Press

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March 28, 2016

Volcanic eruption led to dozens of flight cancellations in Interior, NW, Northern Alaska

By AP

Jan. 12, 2016

A bill to facilitate speedier enforcement of tribal protective orders to go before Legislators

By Molly Dischner, KDLG – Dillingham

Among the 31 bills filed in advance of this year’s Legislative session and released Friday (Jan. 8, 2016) is one that would direct the state of Alaska to recognize protective orders issued by tribal governments. That was submitted by Dillingham Representative Bryce Edgmon.

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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