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Day Two of AFN convention discusses sovereignty, public safety and Tribal compacting

The second and final day of the AFN convention is packed with guests and big conversations. Sponsors of a ballot initiative took the opportunity to say their piece on why tribal recognition in the state is long overdue. Multiple attempts to pass a bill through the Legislature were unsuccessful. A tribal recognition bill was passed this year in the House but never went to a vote in the Senate. Chalyee Éesh Richard Peterson is the president of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of

Day Two of AFN convention discusses sovereignty, public safety and Tribal compacting

Day One of Alaska Federation of Natives convention includes Congressional delegates, CARES Act

Day One of the annual AFN convention featured all three of Alaska's sitting lawmakers. Alaska Republican Congressman Don Young spoke to the strengths of AFN and the landmark legislation known as the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. "We have to continue the work when we can. I know we can do it– you can do it. You're extremely well done. With the future of the Alaska Native Land Claims Act – ANCSA will continue." U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski talked about legislation to provide promised land

Day One of Alaska Federation of Natives convention includes Congressional delegates, CARES Act

Alaska Federation of Natives co-chair previews virtual annual convention

The Alaska Federation of Natives is the largest convention of Alaska Natives in the state. Affectionately called "Native New Year," the convention is an opportunity for Indigenous people across the state to come together and develop important state and federal policy. The convention is virtual for the second year out of concerns for the coronavirus pandemic. But that doesn't diminish the importance of the two-day virtual event. Kaaxúxgu Joe Nelson is the Sealaska board chair. He was elected as

Alaska Federation of Natives co-chair previews virtual annual convention

Haines museum reveals centuries-old formline paintings on Lingít bentwood boxes with infrared photos

The Haines Sheldon Museum is showcasing a display of newly revealed Lingít formline images . The museum staff used an infrared camera to photograph traditional bentwood boxes to reveal paintings, not seen in perhaps 200 years. Several traditional Lingít bentwood boxes make up part of the Haines Sheldon Museum's 23,000 item collection. Handmade out of cedar wood and painted, the boxes were used for storage or traded goods, according to museum collections coordinator Zachary James. "These ones I

Haines museum reveals centuries-old formline paintings on Lingít bentwood boxes with infrared photos

Governor proposes importing Sitka black-tailed deer to Mat-Su region for additional hunting

Governor Mike Dunleavy is proposing additional hunting opportunities in the Matanuska-Susitna region by bringing in Sitka black-tailed deer . A state document obtained by the Anchorage Daily News points out a number of potential issues with that plan. KTNA's Phillip Manning spoke with ADN report Zachariah Hughes about the story. Phillip Manning: I've got with me today Zachariah Hughes from the Anchorage Daily News, and we're here to discuss a story that you wrote recently about the governor's

Governor proposes importing Sitka black-tailed deer to Mat-Su region for additional hunting

Dunleavy's office announces formation of Alaska Bycatch Task Force

Fishing vessels cast wide nets, and they often catch more than the species they're targeting. That's bycatch: one of the longest-running controversies in the fleet and a vexing problem for fisheries managers . Now, the Dunleavy administration is wading into the debate by naming a task force to study the issue and find ways to make it better for everyone working on the water. Governor Mike Dunleavy's office recently announced it's setting up a task force to tackle the thorny issue of bycatch.

Infrastructure bill to provide much-needed support to rural and Native villages

President Joe Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law on Monday, November 15. The Senate passed the $1.2 trillion dollar bill in August. Thirteen Republicans — including at-large Alaska Congressman Don Young — joined the majority of Democrats to pass the bill . The infrastructure funding package will deliver $550 billion dollars in federal investments over five years. The money will go to support roads, mass transit, rail projects, renewable energy and improving

Infrastructure bill to provide much-needed support to rural and Native villages

For Indigenous festival musicians, identity and representation matter

The first international Indigenous musical festival — Rock Aak'w showcased several Native artists. For several artists, this was their first time on the mainstage of a festival. Rock Aak'w brought musicians from around the world in a virtual celebration of music, Indigenous values and family. It felt like a family reunion as relatives came together to share a range of musical styles like blues, jazz, folk, and more. Singer-and-songwriter Nicole Church is Łingit and has performed a number of

For Indigenous festival musicians, identity and representation matter

Indigenous Rock Aak'w virtual festival will showcase 14 music acts

Fourteen musical acts will participate in an international Indigenous music festival based in Juneau. Alaska Native musicians will join several others in the virtual festival called Rock Aak'w . KNBA's Tripp Crouse talks with one of the festival organizers Qacung Stephen Blanchett about putting together the lineup. Can you give a synopsis of what you're doing now, but also maybe how you got there? Qacung Stephen Blanchet: Yeah, sure. I'm one of the members of Pamyua. We've been performing almost

Language glossary pushes Indigenous knowledge and languages to forefront of modern research

Bering Strait region Tribal consortium Kawerak published a language glossary which provides terms in research, science and policy in English, Inupiaq, St. Lawrence Island Yupik, and Yup'ik. The glossary is part of Kawerak's 'Knowledge Sovereignty and the Indigenization of Knowledge.' The Indigenization of Knowledge informs the community about Tribal and traditional knowledge. Kawerak Social Science Program Director Julie Raymond-Yakoubian emphasized the relevance of indigenous knowledge today

Language glossary pushes Indigenous knowledge and languages to forefront of modern research