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 AVCPThe winners of the Association of Village Council Presidents annual 4th of July raffle were announced this weekend. Read more →

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The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, or ANCSA, transferred title to land to for-profit regional and village corporations, not to tribes. The proposed rule-change would allow the federal government to take land into trust for tribes.

The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, or ANCSA, transferred title to land to for-profit regional and village corporations, not to tribes. The proposed rule-change would allow the federal government to take land into trust for tribes.

The Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, Kevin Washburn, has announced an extension of the comment deadline on the proposed rule to accept applications to place land into trust in Alaska. The extension was announced today (7/1) after several requests. The public may now provide written comment through July 31st. The Proposed rule was announced earlier this year. It would allow the Secretary of the Interior to consider applications to take land into trust in Alaska. The proposed rule to explicitly include Alaska has been available for public comment since May 1.

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Salmon signs began appearing along Bethel roadsides in June. Photo By Daysha Eaton

Salmon signs began appearing along Bethel roadsides in June. Photo By Daysha Eaton

If you’ve taken a walk or a drive around Bethel lately, you can’t help but notice brightly painted wooden fish posted by the road. The signs, with conservation messages, come in a year of king salmon closures never seen before on the Kuskokwim River. But just as quickly as the signs went up, they’ve been disappearing. Read more →

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The plans for the “Skate Dot” can be seen here, this will be the the first of it’s kind in the YK Delta. Photo Courtesy of Brin Berube.

Village youth in the Kuskokim village of Kwethluk will soon have a chance to do something few of them have done before: Skateboard.  Construction of a new skatepark there will begin next month.  The park is the first of it’s kind in the YK Delta.

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Quinhagak elder Carrie Pleasant provides a comment during the meeting. Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Cleveland.

State wildlife managers are taking an unprecedented step to conserve king salmon in the Quinhagak area. They announced the first subsistence closure of the Qanirtuq River will go into effect this weekend. The decision comes after meetings with local fisher’s who were concerned that longer closures could lead to illegal fishing.

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A few fishermen from the communities in the Kuskokwim caught king salmon before the scheduled closures.  In a typical year the first catch is a time of joy but this year it’s brining uncertainty.

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