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Contractor hired for Walter Soboleff Center

Contractor hired for Walter Soboleff Center

A Southeast Alaska cultural organization has hired a contractor to build a large Native arts and education center in Juneau. The Sealaska Heritage Institute announced Monday that it awarded the contract to build the Walter Soboleff Center to Dawson Construction.

Jones, Brown reappointed to state boards

Governor Sean Parnell has reappointed two Juneau residents to state boards. Zachary Jones will continue serving on the State Historical Records Advisory Board; and Ben Brown has been reappointed to the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

With representation on decline, voting rights decision worries Native districts

Under federal law, Alaska was required to have five House and three Senate districts with large Native populations. With the Supreme Court striking down part of the Voting Rights Act, that requirement is gone.

Alaska Native canoe paddles lost in storm return home

Alaska Native canoe paddles lost in storm return home

Remember the Southeast Alaska Native paddlers who lost their canoes on a recent journey through Southeast? Some of the lost paddles had a homecoming of sorts a few weeks ago in Yakutat.

Alaskans rally for salmon protection

Alaskans rally for salmon protection

About 30 adults and children called for equality and greater subsistence fishery protection Wednesday morning in the ‘Idle No More’ rally in downtown Juneau. Several wore Native regalia, chanted songs, and danced as people took turns talking over a megaphone.

Planning Commission postpones Statter Harbor question

Planning Commission postpones Statter Harbor question

The Juneau Planning Commission has postponed reconsideration of the conditional use permit for a new boat launch and parking area at Statter Harbor.

St. Paul Elder Passes Away at 90

St. Paul Elder Passes Away at 90

The Pribilof island of St. Paul lost an important elder this month. Mary Nicolai Bourdukofsky passed away on June 2 at age 90.

Alaskans Mourn Katie John

Alaskans Mourn Katie John

A public memorial service for Ahtna elder Katie John drew a crowd Wednesday in Anchorage. John inspired Alaska Natives, and at least one Alaska governor, with her unyielding stand on Alaska Native subsistence rights.

Yakutat’s tern festival in sound and pictures

Yakutat’s tern festival in sound and pictures

Birders, biologists, carvers and kids gathered in Yakutat May 30th to June 2nd for the community’s annual tern festival.

Athabascan Elder Katie John was ‘a role model for Alaska Natives’

Athabascan Elder Katie John was ‘a role model for Alaska Natives’

Athabascan elder Katie John of Mentasta Lake passed away on Friday at the age of 97.