Alaska Native

An appeals court upheld a district court conviction of 13 Yup'ik fishermen. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

An appeals court upheld a district court conviction of 13 Yup’ik fishermen. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

The Alaska Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s decision that Yup’ik fishermen who fished during a state closure should be convicted. The decision was issued today.

In 2012 the thirteen defendants, all Yup’ik Alaska Native fishermen living a subsistence lifestyle, were charged with violating the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s emergency orders restricting fishing for king salmon on the Kuskokwim River.
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The Nunalleq archeological dig naer Quinhagak in August, 2014. Photo by Charles Enoch

The Nunalleq archeological dig near Quinhagak in August, 2014. Photo by Charles Enoch

An archaeological dig near Quinhagak, in Southwest Alaska, contributed the largest set of genetic samples for a groundbreaking DNA study of Arctic indigenous people released this summer. The study answers longstanding questions about migrations of the ancient Alaska Native people, on the state’s west coast and the local people hope to learn even more about their own ancestors.

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Elloise Cobell

Elloise Cobell

Alaska Natives in Bethel are reportedly receiving checks from the Cobell Indian Trust Settlement.

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AFN President, Julie Kitka talks with reporters at the Boney Courthouse.

AFN President, Julie Kitka talks with reporters at the Boney Courthouse. Photo by Daysha Eaton/KYUK

Three judges with the Alaska Court of appeals are now weighing whether Yup’ik Fishermen, who targeted Chinook or king Salmon during a closure on the Kuskokwim River in 2012, were wrongfully convicted. Their attorney based their defense on a 1970’s moose-hunting case. The fishermen say state fisheries managers interfered with their religious rights and they want new regulations to insure it won’t happen again.

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Megan Leary is the 2014 first runner up of the Miss Indian World competition, which concluded Saturday night at the Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque. The contest brings together young, indigenous culture bearers from all over North America. Leary won the competition for best speech and best talent for her skin sewing.

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21062012protestfishThe Kuskokwim Salmon Working Group met this week to set summer conservation measures. Representatives from villages along the Kuskokwim River talked with state and federal officials, discussing a management plan for subsistence salmon fishing. KYUK reporters Ben Matheson and Charles Enoch attended the meeting which took place Thursday and Friday in Anchorage. Daysha Eaton interviewed them to find out what fishers can expect.

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