Legislation introduced in Congress would allow five Alaska Native communities in Southeast Alaska to form urban corporations and receive land entitlements under the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.
During the 54th annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention, held virtually this year because of the global novel coronavirus pandemic, 11 people were honored for their special achievements in areas ranging from health care to justice and education.
Under the five-year agreement, federal funds of up to $300,000 will be invested in a variety of programs and projects connecting community-led indigenous stewardship, technical knowledge, conservation science and natural resource management of the national forest system ad adjacent lands throughout Southeast Alaska.
Nine legislators representing rural constituents are asking Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer to assure that Alaska Native communities will not be plagued by mishaps and confusion that could result in votes not being counted.
New plans for healing, cultural and educational programming have won the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage a $3 million grant from the Ford Foundation, plus another $100,000 in technical services for the four-year project.
Nine Alaska Native entities from the Northwest to Southeast Alaska have been awarded over $48 million to improve public safety, serve victims of crime, combat violence against women and support youth programs.
A newly acquired 150-acre site at the head of Berg Bay sacred to the Huna Tlingit has been protected through a collaborative partnership and added to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Southeast Alaska.
Indigenous knowledge of fisheries will play a key role in graduate level studies expected to begin at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in fall 2021, with a goal of interesting more Alaska Native students in fisheries management careers.
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