Sen. McCaskill

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.

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.

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.