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Alaska tribes can start asking the federal government to take their lands into trust. Essentially they can ask the federal government to take lands out of state jurisdiction like lower-48 Indian Country. The change comes after a federal appeals court last week dismissed Alaska’s challenge that had stopped land trust applications. Now four Alaska tribes that sued the Interior Department can proceed. That includes Akiachak and Tuluksak.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Your freezer breaks and you need a part. You could go to the store or online. Or you could go to the landfill. And that’s what people in Bethel have done for decades— salvaging and reusing what other people have thrown away. Now, the city is saying no more.


Dean Swope / KYUK

The Korean Deputy Consular General visited Bethel this week to build relationships with Bethel’s Korean community and Bethel city authorities.

The Consular office estimates 150 Korean Americans and immigrants live in Bethel and most are naturalized citizens.

Meet Mary Weiss, Bethel's Newest City Council Member

Jun 29, 2016
Adrian Wagner

Bethel resident Mary Weiss is the newest addition to Bethel City Council.


AVCP to Hold Bylaw Convention in Bethel

Jun 7, 2016
Association of Village Council Presidents

The Association of Village Council Presidents is holding a bylaw convention with representatives from member tribes in the region. The meeting is only for AVCP tribal members.

The Bylaw Convention is scheduled to start at 9am Wednesday and Thursday, at the Orutsararmiut Native Council Multipurpose Building in Bethel.

Bethel City Council Introduces Marijuana Regulations

May 27, 2016

Bethel City Council came one step closer to making history Tuesday night when it introduced the first ever ordinance regulating the commercial marijuana industry in Bethel. 


Chuck Herman addressing Bethel City Council
Dean Swope / KYUK

Bethel City Council Member Chuck Herman is resigning from his council seat next month before beginning a Master’s in Public Policy at Harvard University. Herman submitted a letter of resignation Wednesday. At 23-years-old, the Bethel native is the council’s youngest sitting member. KYUK talked with Herman about his resignation and what’s ahead.

Rep. Bob Herron, D-38, Bethel
Alaska State Legislature

The Alaska Legislature will enter a special session Monday with the main goal of passing a state budget and a way to pay for it before the next fiscal year. Gov. Bill Walker called the special session once the Legislature adjourned Wednesday without passing a budget after 121 days. KYUK spoke with Rep. Bob Herron of Bethel's House District 38 about the upcoming session and the goals ahead.

Bethel City Council Votes Down By-Mail Ballots

May 13, 2016

Bethel city council has voted against replacing polling stations with mail-in ballots for the upcoming city elections.

Myron Naneng addressing the Association of Village Council Presidents’ 51st Annual Convention.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Myron Naneng has resigned as president and CEO of the Association of Village Council Presidents. Naneng announced his decision at an Executive Board meeting Wednesday. The resignation became effective immediately, according to a press release from the regional tribal nonprofit.

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