voting rights http://knba.org en 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 7/2/14 KNBA News - Expert testifies state of Alaska has a long history of discrimination http://knba.org/post/7214-knba-news-expert-testifies-state-alaska-has-long-history-discrimination-0 <p>Testifying in court on a case alleging the state has failed to provide full language assistance to Alaska Natives in elections, an expert witness cited the requirement in Territorial days when Alaska Natives were not allowed citizenship unless they renounced their own culture.</p><p>Donlin Gold and The Kuskokwim Corporation have signed an agreement for Donlin's proposed gold mine 120 miles upriver from Bethel.</p><p>The state seeks to join a lawsuit over a road through the Izembeck National Wildlife Refuge linking King Cove to an all-weather airport at Cold Bay.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 02:03:40 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 13006 at http://knba.org 7/2/14 KNBA News - Expert testifies state of Alaska has a long history of discrimination http://knba.org/post/7214-knba-news-expert-testifies-state-alaska-has-long-history-discrimination <p>Testifying in court on a case alleging the state has failed to provide full language assistance to Alaska Natives in elections, an expert witness cited the requirement in Territorial days when Alaska Natives were not allowed citizenship unless they renounced their own culture.</p><p>Donlin Gold and The Kuskokwim Corporation have signed an agreement for Donlin's proposed gold mine 120 miles upriver from Bethel.</p><p>The state seeks to join a lawsuit over a road through the Izembeck National Wildlife Refuge linking King Cove to an all-weather airport at Cold Bay.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 02:03:36 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 13005 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