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7:13 am
Mon July 7, 2014

7/7/14 KNBA News - A contracting rep says new rules are costing Native companies billions of dollars

The director of the Native American Contractors Association told the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs 2011 changes to the Small Business Administration 8(a) program has cost Alaska Native Corporations billions of dollars. Sen. Clair McCaskill, of Missouri, a frequent critic of the program, has asked SBA for information on how well the 2011 changes are working.

As KUCB's Lauren Rosenthal reports, a culture camp in a remote corner of the Aleutians aims to keep Unangan traditions going strong.

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Local News
5:12 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

7/4/14 KNBA News - State says Alaska Natives turn out for elections in high numbers

At the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Inupiaq artist Ed Mighell tells the story of the sea goddess Sedna to an intern, while displaying some of the tiles he creates.
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Testifying in a voters' rights case, Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai says villages with sizable populations of limited English speakers beat the state's average turnout in the 2012 Presidential election. However, absentee and early ballots are not counted in turnout numbers. She was testifying in a case in which villages and elders say the state failed to provide complete translations of voting materials into Native languages. The state says it has met legal requirements.  

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Local News
9:26 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

7/3/14 KNBA News - Missouri Senator McCaskill looks at federal contracts, Alaska Native corporations

Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri has asked the Small Business Administration for information that would show if 2011 requirements for Alaska Native corporations engaged in federal contracting are working.

The Native corporation for southeast Alaska, Sealaska, has a new CEO, a new Board chairman, and one new board member. They're promising a more open approach, including more frequent communications with shareholders.

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9:17 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

KNBA News - State election officials testify in Native language case

State election officials testifying in court said they work hard to help Native language speakers and to recruit bilingual outreach workers.

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill asks SBA for information that would show if 2011 requirements for Alaska Native corporations engaged in federal contracting are working.

The comment period on a proposed rule that would allow the Dept. of Interior to accept applications to place land in Alaska in trust.

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Local News
6:03 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

7/2/14 KNBA News - Expert testifies state of Alaska has a long history of discrimination

Testifying in court on a case alleging the state has failed to provide full language assistance to Alaska Natives in elections, an expert witness cited the requirement in Territorial days when Alaska Natives were not allowed citizenship unless they renounced their own culture.

Donlin Gold and The Kuskokwim Corporation have signed an agreement for Donlin's proposed gold mine 120 miles upriver from Bethel.

The state seeks to join a lawsuit over a road through the Izembeck National Wildlife Refuge linking King Cove to an all-weather airport at Cold Bay.

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