Indigenous leaders connecting on transboundary issues

Transboundary mining issues that threaten wild salmon habitat in Southeast Alaska, a matter of concern to indigenous peoples and commercial fishermen on both sides of the border, are attracting more attention from the International Joint Commission.

Judge: US not unreasonably delaying virus relief for tribes

The U.S. Treasury Department is not unreasonably delaying the release of coronavirus relief funding to Native American tribes, a federal judge ruled this week.

Wayne Price recognized as master carver

Tlingit master carver Wayne Price, renown for the artistry and precision of his work, is being honored at the Rasmuson Foundation’s 2020 Distinguished Artist. The recognition comes with a $40,000 award.

Herring egg giveaway part of traditional food project

On Monday afternoon, and before any large raindrops fell, Ketchikan Indian Community moved a few yellow-tape barricades and opened its parking lot at Stedman and Deermount streets to a line of cars that stretched past Stonetree Veterinary Clinic where they waited for the annual KIC Herring Egg Giveaway to start.

Treasury urged to mint 5M Peratrovich coins

Alaska legislators have passed a join resolution urging the U.S. Treasury to mint no less than 5 million of the coins honoring Alaska Native civil rights activist Elizabeth Peratrovich under the Native American $1 Coin Act.

Native groups seek seat at table for ferry talks

Alaska Native groups want to participate in a group established to solve ongoing problems with the Alaska Marine Highway System, an official said.

Bill to require state to recognize 229 Alaskan tribes

More than 200 federally recognized tribes in Alaska would also be officially recognized in the state under a bill that is gaining momentum with bipartisan support.

Beluga studies bring together Inupiat, Mashantucket tribe teens

A common interest in whaling, climate change and the power of education has brought about unique cultural exchange between teen-aged Inupiat Eskimo students on Alaska’s North Slope and their Mashantucket tribe counterparts in Connecticut.

Tribe seeks to buy traditional fishing grounds

A fundraiser is underway by the Native Village of Tazlina Tribal Council to purchase a 462-acre parcel of land that the tribe wants to protect as its traditional Copper River fishing grounds.

SE Alaska artists win national recognition

Tlingit weaver Lani Hotch of Klukwan and Tsimshian weaver Delores Churchill of Ketchikan are receiving national recognition as 2020 USA Fellows of United States Artists.

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