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By Lori Townsend
A new book celebrates 25 years of collaborative research and science between the Cup’ik people of Chevak, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey. The title, Banding Together to Learn and Preserve, 25 years of Goose Banding at Old Chevak, lays out the premise of this yearbook-style collection of pictures and science information gathered during the decades of bird banding. Read more

Governor declares disaster in Kotlik

by APRN on November 18, 2013

Governor Sean Parnell has issued a disaster declaration for storm damaged areas along the western Alaska coast. Saturday the governor held a town hall meeting in Kotlik where concerns included the well-being of the elders and lost food stores. Kotlik was among the worst hit as the storm damaged the water and sewer distribution system.
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Dawn Dillard and husband Ron Horvath. Photo by Annie Feidt/APRN.

Dawn Dillard and husband Ron Horvath. Photo by Annie Feidt/APRN.

By Annie Feidt/APRN
Dawn Dillard never wanted to retire. The 57-year-old expected to keep working as a public advocacy lawyer until she turned 100, but last year, a diagnosis of uterine cancer forced her into retirement. Now her full time job is fighting terminal cancer. And she says even if the disease kills her, she doesn’t want it to defeat her.

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Michael Geraghty, Alaska's Attorney General.

Michael Geraghty, Alaska’s Attorney General.

The recent ruling in Akiachak vs Salazar found that the Secretary of Interior has the authority to take land into trust for Alaska tribes and can not treat tribes here differently than in the lower 48. The ruling has left state officials with a lot of legal uncertainty. Michael Geraghty, the state’s Attorney General, spoke with APRN’s Lori Townsend, and said the decision was a disappointment that creates a big question mark.

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Heather Kendall-Miller, NARF attorney

Heather Kendall-Miller, NARF attorney

A DC district court decision quietly released on Easter Sunday, has huge implications for Alaska tribal and state lands jurisdiction. The court found the Secretary of Interior has the authority to take land into trust for Alaska tribes. Most believed that was not possible after the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was passed. Native American Rights Fund attorney Heather Kendall Miller argued the case on behalf of Alaska tribes. She told APRN’s Lori Townsend the ruling is an important recognition of tribal self determination and trust status will protect tribes from lawsuits, taxation and foreclosure.

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Shanelle Afcan of Nunam Iqua records a fellow student for her story.

Shanelle Afcan of Nunam Iqua records a fellow student for her story.

Courtesy of KCAW in Sitka

Mt. Edgecumbe junior Shanelle Afcan of Nunam Iqua attended a cooking class by Rob Kinneen, an Anchorage chef and the founder of Fresh49, an organization that raises awareness about the benefits of using local foods. Afcan created this audio postcard.

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By Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN Juneau Correspondent
Last year, Chinook salmon runs were so weak that the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers, along with Cook Inlet, were designated federal disaster zones. Now, a group of legislators from those regions want to create a permanent endowment that would fund research on the fish. Representative Bob Herron of Bethel is the lead sponsor of the endowment bill.
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Story by Lori Townsend, APRN

Two representatives from the village of Newtok and an immigration specialist are traveling to the Carteret Islands in Papua New Guinea this week to meet with islanders there and share information about how to take charge of plans for relocating communities vulnerable to coastal erosion.
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Akiak to get a new power house

by APRN on June 14, 2012

By Ellen Lockyer, KSKA, Anchorage

Alaska’s rural villages are getting help from the most recent technological advances in energy saving power systems. The Alaska Energy Authority hosted a rural energy open house in Anchorage Wednesday to show off its latest services to the bush, among them a state of the art modular powerhouse destined for shipment to Akiak.
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By Dan Bross, KUAC

Another weak king salmon return is forecast for the Yukon River. Alaska Department of Fish and Game Yukon area management biologist Steve Hayes says this summer’s Chinook run is predicted to be up to 146,000 fish, in line with weak runs since 1997. Read more →