As Heard on Morning Line: Rodney's Dream Grill

Mar 16, 2018
Rodney McCord

Return of the Potlatch Fundraiser

March 17

Noon - 6pm

Atwood Center APU Campus

An event tomorrow is aiming to raise funds to revitalize a Potlatch tradition.  

After a successful event during the first week of the 2017 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention called “Decolonizing the Dream, Honoring Our Sacred Mother,” a local man is looking to continue the tradition of hosting large Native gatherings by building a huge grill.

Our guest this morning on Our Community, Roy Mitchell, has had a lifelong love of languages, and 42 years learning and supporting learners of Alaska Native Languages across the state - and now he's Research Analyst with the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council.  

Mitchell gave us an update on House Concurrent Resolution 19 - "Urging Governor Walker to issue an administrative order recognizing a linguistic emergency" - the resolution passed the Community and Regional Affairs Committee. 

Slice of Alaska

Mar 6, 2018

Montage voices sharing thoughts on 'Alaskan' topics; staying warm in the winter, driving in freezing conditions, the importance of clean drinking water, the 2018 Earthquake, and the Pebble Mine.

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Our guests on Morning Line today, Dr. Dan Kline and Dr. Maria Williams, want to share some good news - students at UAA this coming fall might be required to learn about Alaska Native people before they can graduate - if a proposal in the UAA Faculty Senate gets approved. 

The effort is probably the first in the Nation for a 4-year state university - and differs from requiring a single course by focusing instead on identifying courses integrating Alaska Native themed learning outcomes developed by the Alaska Native Studies Council into those courses.

  Artist, musician, writer, and poet Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is Mississauga Nishnaabe and a member of Alderville First Nation. Leanne’s unique spoken songs and soundscapes are built from personal experience. Her 2016 album f(l)ight sees Indigenous life through a powerfully intimate pairing of poetry and music. Combining the words fight and light, Leanne wanted the title of the album to reflect both the struggle and the warmth of Native people.


The Legislative group has moved to continue taking testimony Thursday. 

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An action in the Alaska House of Representatives is urging Governor Walker to declare a linguistic emergency across the State: it's called HCR 19, Urging Governor Bill Walker to issue an administrative order recognizing a linguistic emergency.

Roy Mitchell, IV is Research Analyst with the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council says a hearing at 8am on the 6th, is an opportunity for citizens to weigh in on the issue:

As Heard on Morning Line: Cook Inlet Native Head Start

Mar 5, 2018
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Our guest on Morning Line today is Ethan Petticrew, Executive Director of Cook Inlet Native Head Start. The Cook Inlet Native Head Start program has been around for several years, and opened a Yup'ik immersion program in 2015.

Listen below to hear about the newest developments Petticrew is happy to share about including partnerships with the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, and classrooms at the Alaska Native Heritage Center.

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Our guest this morning for Our Community is lifelong Alaskan Beth Helgeson, President of Greater Anchorage Inc., the volunteer organization that puts together Anchorage's Fur Rendezvous.

Helsegon says Fur Rondy has been around more than 80 years - since 1935.  This year the Ida'Ina

Friendship Gathering is a new addition to the Rondy schedule, which includes about 80 events. 

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Our guest on Morning Line is Angela Jenkins, granddaughter of one of the subjects in a film called Uksuum Cauyai - The Drums of Winter. 

The film is being screened tonight at the University of Alaska Anchorage Rasmuson Hall Room 101 - with a potluck stating at 6:30 and the film beginning at 7:30. 

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Our Guest this morning on Our Community, Donita Slawson is with the Tebughna Foundation - and the group is hosting the Ida'Ina Friendship Gathering this weekend. 

Slawson says the Ida'Ina Gathering is in it's 7th year, and is a family friendly event. 

The following is from the press release shared with KNBA: 

Tebughna Foundation hosts Ida’ina Friendship Gathering March 3, 2018

The Tebughna Foundation will once again host the Ida’ina Friendship Gathering,  3-3-2018.