ANCSA en 5/2/14 KNBA News - Department of Interior announces proposal to accept tribal lands into trust <p>After a court ruling that the Department of Interior (DOI) improperly excluded Alaska tribes from a process long available to lower 48 tribes, DOI announced a proposal that would allow it to accept Alaska tribal lands into trust. Although any action is years in the future, the change would provide certain protections to&nbsp;those lands.</p><p>A study on&nbsp;the depletion of herring&nbsp;in Southeast Alaska is prompting discussions on&nbsp;whether&nbsp;and how it may be possible to replenish their numbers.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 03:59:22 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 10755 at 4/3/14 KNBA News - Senate committee hears a bill to strengthen Alaska tribal courts, law enforcement <p>The Senate Indian Affairs Committee heard no opposition to a bill that would strengthen Alaska tribal courts and law enforcement, but the state of Alaska, Sen. Lisa Murkowski are likely to oppose it.</p><p>Alaska Native corporations received contaminated sites as part of their land settlement, bringing them&nbsp;expense and complications as they try to clean up, exchange, or return the sites.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 01:38:18 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 9651 at 4/2/14 KNBA News - Gov. Parnell proposes tax cuts for the three refineries in Alaska <p>Gov. Sean Parnell is proposing new tax credits to help the three refineries in Alaska to provide lower-cost fuels to in-state customers.</p><p>A bill that would symbolically make all 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages is headed to the House floor for a vote.</p><p>The House Finance Committee frees up $13 million for school districts, by changing the way the state counts students.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 05:41:12 +0000 Joaqlin Estus 9612 at