Sealaska

Alaskan tribes allowed to exercise same rights as lower 48 tribes

Tribes in Alaska are celebrating a decision that allows them to apply to have lands placed into trust status with the federal government. The Department of Interior issued regulations settling a long-running dispute between Interior, the state of Alaska, and tribes over an interpretation of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA). 

The Governor Bill Walker Administration and Legislators are considering royalty relief for oil development company Caelus Energy Alaska, which is taking on the tough-to-develop Nuna project.

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U.S. Lisa Murkowksi gets land claims bill for Southeast Alaska  regional Native corporation Sealaska attached to a federal defense authorization bill.

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Sixteen-year-old Byron Nicholai, creator of "I sing; You Dance," wins 10,000 Facebook followers singing unique Yup'ik songs.

 

Gov. Bill Walker's administration is reviewing a proposal to offer temporary royalty relief to an oil development company. Supporters say the move could cost the state more than $40 million but bring in a billion dollars plus over the life of the planned project.

Walker leads with 4,634 more votes than Parnell

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has conceded in the state's gubernatorial race. He issued a statement Saturday, after the Associated Press named Bill Walker the winner Friday evening. A count by the Division of Elections Friday showed Walker with 4,634 more votes than Parnell. About 10,000 absentee ballots remain to be counted.

Parnell wrote on Facebook Saturday he'd met with Walker and offered him office space to help with the transition. Walker is scheduled to be sworn in on Dec. 1.

His campaign says Sullivan changed his mind after he read the measure

Before the election primary, in which he faced Tea Party candidate Joe Miller, U.S. Sen. candidate Dan Sullivan opposed Ballot Measure Three, which would increases the state's minimum wage by $2 to $9.75 per hour in two years.  His campaign says Sullivan changed his mind after he read the initiative. Sullivan says he still opposes a federal minimum wage increase. His opponent, Sen. Mark Begich, supports a bill in Congress to increase the federal minimum wage to just over $10 an hour.

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.

The Funny River wildfire is now 46% contained, meaning fire breaks that flames likely cannot cross surround nearly half the fire.

Alaska Congressman Don Young amended the Maguson-Stevens Act as it moved through the U.S. Natural Resources Committee,to allow subsistence fishermen a voice on the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council.

The board of directors of the regional Native corporation Sealaska named Anthony Mallott as president and CEO. He's the son of former CEO and long-time board member Byron Mallott, who's running for Governor.

In the Northwest Arctic Borough, caribou users are concerned about a big drop in the number of caribou, and potential effects of a proposed road through the area.

The National Park Service is developing new regulations on the use of discarded or shed animal parts, such as bones and antlers, in the use of traditional  handicrafts.

The regional Native corporation for southeast Alaska shows a $35 million loss for last year.

A petition to return Alaska to Russia garnered 30,000 signatures - far short of the 100,000 needed to merit a response -- but another's been submitted.

Gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott announces plans to leave the board of the southeast Alaska regional Native corporation Sealaska, to focus on his campaign for Governor.

The FAA has granted the University of Alaska authorization to begin testing unmanned aircraft.

A fire warning issued last week for northern Southeast Alaska has been expanded to the entire Panhandle.