Of Oklahoma Cherokee descent, Barbara A. Warren is also known as Shining Woman. She founded the women’s drum group Otsigeya in 2009. The album Keeper of the Family released this year features Barbara’s original music along with the spirit of pow wow tradition and a passion for the Cherokee language. Writing songs in Cherokee is a way for Shining Woman to promote the preservation of her culture.

PFD checks being deposited, mailed

Oct 6, 2016

Oct. 6, 2016

Mat-Su Republican introduces bill to double dividend amount

by Joaqlin Estus and The Associated Press

Permanent Fund Dividends of $1,022 started going out to each eligible Alaskan Thursday [Oct. 6] morning.

Mat-Su and Copper River area Sen. Mike Dunleavy Wednesday announced he’s filing a bill to double this year’s dividend to $2,052, the amount legislators appropriated earlier this year.

Oct. 6, 2016

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA

Hospitals typically are not in the business of providing legal aid to patients, but several tribal health facilities in Alaska are going to start doing just that. The pilot project is being funded through a multi-state grant that's placing AmeriCorps volunteers in tribal facilities in six states.

By The Associated Press

Oct. 3, 2016 - A leadership dispute is expected to be continued at a 3-day conference of the Association of Village Council Presidents kicking off in Bethel Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Protesting delegates plan to push their argument that the member villages are in charge of the regional nonprofit, not executive leadership. Protesters say the organization's executive board and their attorneys have hijacked authority from the tribes that created it decades ago to advocate for 56 Alaska Native communities.

Permanent Fund Dividend lawsuit put on fast track

Oct 3, 2016

By The Associated Press

OCt. 3, 2016 - The two sides in a lawsuit challenging Gov. Bill Walker's cut to the dividend that Alaskans receive from the state's oil wealth nest-egg are seeking a speedy resolution to the dispute. Sen. Bill Wielechowski says that under a schedule agreed to by the plaintiffs and attorney general's office, a decision would be reached by Dec. 2. The schedule is subject to approval by the judge who will hear the case. Wielechowski is a plaintiff in the case brought against the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.

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.

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By Daysha Eaton, KBBI Sept. 26, 2016

Yakutat Man is One of ‘The Magnificent Seven’

By Scott Burton, KTOO

Martin Sensmeier, a 32-year-old actor from Yakutat, is co-starring in a major motion picture, “The Magnificent Seven.” In the film, which opened Friday, Sensmeier shares the screen with Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. 

The movie is a remake of the 1960 western version starring Yul Brynner, and also the 1954 Japanese film “Seven Samurai.”

LKSD Gets Language Proficiency Grant

By Charles Enoch

The Lower Kuskokwim School District received a $1-point-5 million dollar grant from the US Dept. of Education to enhance language proficiency for Alaska Native students in both English and Yup'ik.


The United States Department of Education

Saxman Rally Supports Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Sep 22, 2016
Maria Dudzak

Saxman Rally Supports Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

By Maria Dudzak,KRBB

A peaceful gathering took place Monday afternoon in Saxman in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. Many expressed concerns beyond what is happening in North Dakota.