Alaska Native

Jan. 22, 2016

In his second State of the State address to the Legislature, Governor Bill Walker recapped his first year in office, and described some of his hopes for the future. His main message, though, is that legislators, through their actions, or inaction, in coming months, will make important, even historic, decisions affecting the future of Alaska.

In a Rasmuson survey, Alaskans share ideas on how to handle state budget deficit

By Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO - Juneau

Alaskans are increasingly concerned about the $3.5 billion state budget shortfall. And they’re interested in using both state spending cuts and new revenue to close the gap.

That’s according to the Rasmuson Foundation’s Plan For Alaska which surveyed 800 Alaskans earlier this month.

Compared with a similar survey in July, the share of residents who are extremely concerned about the shortfall rose from 31 percent to 43 percent.

Jan. 4, 2016

Test aimed at most frequently diagnosed cancer among Alaska Natives 

By Associated Press

By Zachariah Hughes, APRN – Anchorage

The State court heard oral arguments yesterday [Wed., Dec. 16, 2015] in a case involving the contentious lease of the Legislative Information Office in downtown Anchorage. The case's plaintiff, Jim Gottstein, owns the building next to the LIO and alleges financial improprieties in the lease agreement between law-markers and the property's landlord, which could invalidate the space's 10-year lease. Gottstein also argues that as a whistleblower, he should be compensated 10 percent of what's saved if the lease is terminated.

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.

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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.

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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.

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