Alaska Native

Sept. 25, 2015

Kotzebue Nursing Home Serving Traditional Foods

Associated Press

Residents of a nursing home in Kotzebue now have musk ox and other traditional native foods on the menu. It's part of a program under a new federal law that allows donated food to be served at nursing homes, child nutrition programs and other public and nonprofit facilities, including those run by Indian tribes and tribal groups.


Nov. 23, 2015

Dan Fauske resigns as president of state gas line corporation

By Rachel Waldholz, APRN - Anchorage | November 21, 2015

Dan Fauske has resigned as president of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), which represents the state in the proposed $45 to $65 billion project to bring natural gas from the North Slope to Cook Inlet for export.

The resignation was announced at an early morning meeting of the AGDC board on Saturday, and accepted in a unanimous vote.

by Johanna Eurich

Alaska Native elders say it's time to stop talking about climate change and get to work. That's the message Larry Merculieff with the Native Science Commission brought to a group meeting in Anchorage this weekend.

He told members of Common Ground that Alaska Natives don't see climate change  -- they see a climate crisis. He says to solve the problems people will have to change the way they think. To explain the magnitude of the problem Murkulieff quoted a white elder... Albert Einstein.

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA

At last week’s Alaska Tribal Conference on Environmental Management, Sierra Shannon-Daugherty led a session on “Modern vs. traditional values.” She  told the audience of about 25 people she felt like a regular kid growing up in a small village that’s 60% Unangan. Her extended family had big Sunday dinners, and she played on Chignik Bay beaches with her cousins. But she said that changed when she was age 12 and her family moved to Anchorage. She said some of the other kids were mean and disrespectful, and she felt like an outcast.

Bill to buy-out LNG gasline partner moves forward

By Associated Press

The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill authorizing funding for a state buyout of a partner in a major proposed gas project. A full Senate vote is expected as early as today [Tues]. If the bill passes, it would go to the House, which has been holding hearings on the issue.


Pt. McKenzie prison farm beds may be needed

By Associated Press

Oct. 13, 2015

Governor, Anchorage Mayor declare second Monday of October Indigenous Peoples Day

Alaska is now the first state to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day. Governor Bill Walker signed the proclamation Monday morning, on the heels of a similar announcement by Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. First Alaskans Institute President Liz Medicine Crow made the announcement at the Elders and Youth Conference.

Joaqlin Estus / KBNA

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA  

Following a speech by President Obama on climate change, the mood at the Alaska Airlines Center at University of Alaska Anchorage was far from somber. Mala White sang the national anthem at a celebration of diversity and welcome party for the President hosted by the Alaska Federation of Natives and dozens of other community organizations. She was followed by Shalena Hansen singing "The Alaska Flag."

President takes serious tone on climate

By Liz Ruskin, APRN

President Air Force 1 landed at Joint base Elmendorf-Richardson yesterday (MONDAY). President Barack Obama’s motorcade sped downtown, where made a speech at the Dena’ina Center about climate change. The president struck a somber note in urging global leaders to get serious about reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Obama said Alaska’s fire season has grown by more than month since 1950, and thawing permafrost threatens the home communities of 100,000 Alaskans.

Climate change, Alaska Native issues high profile during President Obama visit to Alaska

Alaska Native issues will be the subject of high-level international attention during President Obama’s three-day visit to Alaska that begins today [Monday]. The president has scheduled a listening session with Alaska Native leaders today to discuss climate change, and economic issues. He’s expected to announce a new initiative to help dozens of Native communities facing destruction by erosion and flooding due to the effects of climate change.

Joaqlin Estus / KNBA 90.3 FM

Witnesses endorse tribal courts as a solution 

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA

Alaska has already outgrown the $250-million Goose Creek Correctional Center that opened in 2012. Instead of pouring more money into building and maintaining prisons, people testifying in a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs field hearing in Anchorage on Thursday said it’d be smarter to turn some of the money toward keeping people out of prison.