Tlingit weaver Teri Rofkar died Dec. 2, 2016. She was 60. The Sitka resident was internationally renowned for her baskets and textiles, made from cedar, spruce tree roots and mountain goat wool collected along Sitka’s shores.
A local native corporation is suing the city formerly known as Barrow, demanding it halts the official name-change to Utqiagvik. At least for now. The official switch from Barrow to Utqiagvik is scheduled to go into affect today.
The initial focus will be for students to complete a two-year program at the University of Alaska Southeast in Northwest Coast arts. Then, those students could transfer to the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe for further study.
It was a historic year for the Chilkat Indian village of Klukwan. After more than a decade of work, the Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Heritage Center opened its doors in May. The center tells the still-evolving story of the Chilkat people and also houses some of the world’s most admired works of Northwest Coast Art, the Whale House Collection.
Petersburg’s borough assembly on Monday advanced the rezoning of a controversial piece of borough property on Sandy Beach Road in Petersburg and decided against a driveway easement on the parcel for a neighboring land owner.
North Slope government and history is now part of high school graduation requirements for all North Slope Borough schools. The borough school board passed a new policy this month making the curriculum change mandatory for students, effectively beginning with freshmen who start in 2017.
The Sealaska Heritage Institute is hosting a series of noon lectures honoring Native warriors — past and present. Tuesday’s lecture is about code talkers, a group of Native soldiers who helped transmit coded messages during World War II.