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