Alaska Native en 7/4/14 KNBA News - State says Alaska Natives turn out for elections in 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 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 <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 6/17/14 KNBA News - Proposed rule change would allow Alaska tribes to take land into 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 6/6/14 KNBA News - State is challenged on Native translations of 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 5/30/14 KNBA News - Light rain slows the spread of the 300 square-mile Funny River wildfire <p>The Funny River wildfire is now 46% contained, meaning fire breaks that flames likely cannot&nbsp;cross surround nearly half the fire.</p><p>Alaska Congressman Don Young amended the Maguson-Stevens Act as it moved through the U.S. Natural Resources Committee,to allow subsistence fishermen a voice on the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council.</p><p>The board of directors of the regional Native corporation Sealaska named Anthony Mallott as president and CEO. He's the son of former CEO and long-time board member Byron Mallott, who's running for Governor.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 01:07:50 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 11812 at