Last Saturday, the Alaska Native community and allies gathered at Overstreet Park in Juneau for a candlelight vigil honoring the 215 children found at a residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia.
After a delayed, and mostly virtual, Pride celebration last year, Juneau Pride is back and in-person.
“We’ve seen, so many times, all throughout our country, where our sacred grounds have been desecrated and disrespected and not cared for,” said Martin Stepetin, who has been advocating to protect the cemetery since 2014.
Around 20 women, trans and nonbinary identifying people gathered at the Pipeline to skateboard. There were young kids there with the Zach Gordon Youth Center, young adults in their twenties — people who use she/her and they/them pronouns.
A bill protecting the graves of Unangax̂ people forced to live in internment camps in Funter Bay has passed the Alaska Legislature and awaits Gov. Dunleavy’s signature.
On Saturday, Juneau Police said that a member of the search dog team found Nelson’s body Friday afternoon. They said her death doesn’t appear suspicious.
The proposal has gotten so much attention that the state’s Department of Natural Resources has extended the public comment period through May 20.
On May 5, people all across the country shared stories and pictures, and memorialized the thousands of Indigenous people who have disappeared. Later, many users reported that content they shared to their stories disappeared too.
The Forest Service is reopening some of its facilities at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center in Juneau for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.