Alaska Native

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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