u.s. supreme court

April 4, 2016

Sen. Murkowski opposes hearing on U.S. Supreme Court nominee until new president is elected

by The Associated Press

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she hasn't settled on which Republican presidential candidate she will support. But Steve Wackowski, the GOP senator's campaign manager, says Murkowski will not back a Democratic hopeful.

Tribes say the Governor's position creates obstacles for relatives and tribal members who want to adopt a Native child

Native leaders say a Sept. 12th Alaska Supreme Court ruling in a case involving a Yup’ik child will cause higher numbers of Native children to be cut off from their families and culture. As KNBA’s Joaqlin Estus reports, the state says the decision in Tununak vs the state of Alaska will put kids into permanent homes more quickly, and follows a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. “Baby Dawn,” not her real name, was four months old in 2008 when the state took custody of her. She was put in foster care with a non-Native family in Anchorage.

The Indian Health Service has agree to pay $153 million to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to clear up a 15-year backlog of underpayments for contract support costs, or overhead. IHS has reached similar agreements with several tribal health organizations across Alaska and the lower 48, but many more remain to be resolved.

A federal judge says the Constitutional right to vote requires the state to translate election materials into Native languages for voters lacking English proficiency. Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has introduced a bill that would require the translations, and other measures he says are needed to ensure equal access to polls. The Native Voting Rights bill would also require federal pre-clearance on decisions about polling places and early voting.

In a win for Alaska Native and rural subsistence users, the U.S. Supreme Court lets stand a lower court ruling that provides a rural subsistence priority on 60% of Alaska's inland waters.

To honor Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and American Indian veterans, the Alaska Senate is calling for the construction of an American Indian Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Today is election day in Anchorage.

Federal rules that provide a rural subsistence priority on 60% of Alaska's inland waters will stand after the U.S. Supreme Court's declines to take up the state's appeal of a lower court's ruling.

To honor Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and American Indian veterans, the Alaska Senate is calling for the construction of an American Indian Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Today is election day in Anchorage.