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7:57 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

4/1/15 - Yup’ik Fishermen Case likely headed for Alaska Supreme court, federal court

By Daysha Eaton, KYUK

The Alaska Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s decision that Yup’ik Fishermen who fished for King salmon during a state closure should be convicted. The decision was issued Friday (March 27). 

The Attorney for the Yup’ik Fishermen is James Davis with the Northern Justice Project. He says the court asked the wrong question:

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Local News
6:32 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

3/30/15 - Historical trauma affects mental health of today's Native American

Historical trauma at the root of substance abuse and other mental health maladies

An Ojibwe woman and independent journalist recently visited Alaska for a series of stories on historical trauma and Native American mental health practices. Mary Annette Pember said the troubled lives of Native Americans reflect their troubled history.

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Local News
1:03 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

3/26/15 - Legislators backing away from Anchorage school construction debt

Legislators back away from Anchorage’s pending school debt

Alaska lawmakers are attempting to fast-track a bill so the state won't have to help pay for $59 million in school bonds in the state's largest district. The Senate yesterday approved a measure that would retroactively halt the state's practice of partially reimbursing municipalities for school bonds issued after Jan. 1, 2015. Anchorage voters on April 7 will decide a $59 million bond package.

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Local News
5:56 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

3/25/15 - Legislators consider changes to child support laws, transportation department budget cuts

Saxman clan house.
Credit Courtesy KRBD FM, Ketchikan, AK

  Aid to needy families, state child support services funding at risk

State officials have said federal funding could be on the line if the Legislature does not act to change Alaska child support payment laws. Two pools of money would be affected: $19 million for the state's child support services division and $45 million for Temporary Aid for Needy Families.

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Legislators propose cuts to state transportation budget

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Local News
7:40 am
Mon March 23, 2015

3/23/15 - Sen. Donny Olson proposes promotion of Native languages through teacher certification

At least 20 distinct Native languages are spoken in Alaska, and every year, the population of speakers gets a little smaller. A Golovin senator now wants to reverse that trend by encouraging immersion language charter schools.

Democrat Donny Olson introduced a bill on Friday that would create a special certification process for instructors of Native languages, so that it would be easier for them to teach in schools.  He’s hoping to build on the success of legislation recognizing Alaska’s Native languages as official languages in their own right.

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