Alaska Native http://knba.org en 7/30/14 KNBA News - Unangam food, history, language and culture all part of new book http://knba.org/post/73014-knba-news-unangam-food-history-language-and-culture-all-part-new-book <p>The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association has published a book with hundreds of recipes for traditional dishes, as well as historic and contemporary photographs of food gathering and cooking, stories and much more. For more information, visit apiai.org .</p><p>Southcentral Foundation breaks ground on a new building on the Alaska Native Medical Center campus in Anchorage to house a "Nuka Institute," where it will share methods it says&nbsp;allow it to get better patient outcomes while keeping costs low.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:37:39 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 14044 at http://knba.org 7/4/14 KNBA News - State says Alaska Natives turn out for elections in high numbers http://knba.org/post/7414-knba-news-state-says-alaska-natives-turn-out-elections-high-numbers <p>Testifying in a voters' rights case, Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai says villages with sizable populations of limited English speakers beat the state's average turnout in the 2012 Presidential election. However, absentee and early ballots are not counted in turnout numbers. She was testifying in a case in which villages and elders say the state failed to provide complete translations of voting materials into Native languages. The state&nbsp;says it has met legal requirements. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 01:12:57 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 13102 at http://knba.org 7/4/14 KNBA News - State says Alaska Natives turn out for elections in high numbers KNBA News - State election officials testify in Native language case http://knba.org/post/knba-news-state-election-officials-testify-native-language-case <p>State election officials testifying in court said they work hard to help Native language speakers and to recruit bilingual outreach workers.</p><p>Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill asks SBA for information that would show if 2011 requirements for Alaska Native corporations engaged in federal contracting are working.</p><p>The comment period on a proposed rule that would allow the Dept. of Interior to accept applications to place land in Alaska in trust.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 05:17:37 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 13050 at http://knba.org 6/17/14 KNBA News - Proposed rule change would allow Alaska tribes to take land into trust http://knba.org/post/61714-knba-news-proposed-rule-change-would-allow-alaska-tribes-take-land-trust <p>The U.S. Department of Interior is asking for public comments on a new policy that will allow it to take land into trust for Alaska Native tribes. Trust lands cannot be sold, nor taxed. Tribes say the change will bring them one step closer to self-determination.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 03:14:18 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 12438 at http://knba.org 6/6/14 KNBA News - State is challenged on Native translations of election materials http://knba.org/post/6614-knba-news-state-challenged-native-translations-election-materials <p></p><p></p><p>A federal judge says the Constitutional right to vote requires the state to translate election materials into Native languages for voters lacking English proficiency. Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has introduced a bill that would require the translations, and other measures he says are needed to ensure equal access to polls. The Native Voting Rights bill would also require federal pre-clearance on decisions about polling places and early voting.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 03:19:59 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 12067 at http://knba.org