Climate change, Alaska Native issues high profile during President Obama visit to Alaska

Alaska Native issues will be the subject of high-level international attention during President Obama’s three-day visit to Alaska that begins today [Monday]. The president has scheduled a listening session with Alaska Native leaders today to discuss climate change, and economic issues. He’s expected to announce a new initiative to help dozens of Native communities facing destruction by erosion and flooding due to the effects of climate change.

Bill Griffith, Mike Black / ADEC, ANTHC

Most of us have never lived with without running water at home. Today, we’ll learn about some people who are just getting used to it, and others who would like to get used to having running water. In the second segment of the series Kick the Bucket, we’ll also hear some of the reasons Alaska hasn’t made modern plumbing a simple fact of life for all Alaskans.

Dan Winkleman, the president of the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC), described a recent phone call from his mother-in-law in Kwethluk.

By Daysha Eaton, KYUK

The Alaska Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s decision that Yup’ik Fishermen who fished for King salmon during a state closure should be convicted. The decision was issued Friday (March 27). 

The Attorney for the Yup’ik Fishermen is James Davis with the Northern Justice Project. He says the court asked the wrong question:

Historical trauma at the root of substance abuse and other mental health maladies

An Ojibwe woman and independent journalist recently visited Alaska for a series of stories on historical trauma and Native American mental health practices. Mary Annette Pember said the troubled lives of Native Americans reflect their troubled history.

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

Elders teach the laws of “living in ultimate purity,” as a way of healing

By Sophie Evan, KYUK

Health care providers in Bethel are reviving "Calricaraq," an ancient Yup'ik holistic way to live a long, healthy, and balanced life. The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation’s Preventative Services Department is bringing back a system that’s meant to guide the Yup'ik, or “real people” in Yup'ik, from conception to adulthood. They hope it will help curb alarming suicide rates and tough social issues facing Yup’ik people today.


Climate change and Alaska Natives: Food security

By Joaqlin Estus

Here's the second in our series on Climate Change and Alaska Natives.

Wild foods are important to Alaskans, and especially to rural residents, but, subsistence users and scientists say climate change is affecting wildlife populations, access to subsistence resources, and food preservation.

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.


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


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

"Haa shagoon ... it's our ancestors and future generations, everything we were and everything we will be."

U.S. Senate candidates Mark Begich and Dan Sullivan woo Alaska Native voters

As KYUK's Ben Matheson reports, this year's U.S. Senate race in Alaska is shattering spending records, with tens of millions of dollars from outside Alaska going mostly toward TV ads. With less than two months to go before the general election, the two candidates are also seeking an edge on the ground in rural Alaska.