Alaska’s congressional delegation has introduced legislation to pre-empt states from banning walrus ivory, whale bone and other marine mammal products.
For several years, students in a JDHS science class have been learning about halibut hook carving. A Tlingit carver says it’s mostly about common sense: paying close attention and working with what you’ve got.
The state’s food safety codes currently don’t allow seal oil in public facilities like nursing homes. But a movement is underway to serve the beloved food to Elders.
Because the Alaska state government’s relationship with tribes cuts across many different state departments, House lawmakers decided to have one committee that would attend to the full range of tribal affairs.
When Pete Kaiser slid under the Burled Arch in Nome on Wednesday, he became the first person from Bethel and the first musher of Yup’ik heritage to win the Iditarod, making hometown fans proud.
The Legislature adopted a citation recognizing the contributions of Tlingit code talkers during World War II. During floor sessions, lawmakers spoke about the outsized role Alaska Natives have played in the military.
On remote St. Paul Island, federal rules have restricted subsistence hunting for years, forcing residents to buy expensive groceries. New rules could take effect soon, but opponents worry about a declining local seal population.
The costs from dealing with climate change are starting to become more visible in Bethel, a hub town for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. There are also costs to the region’s lifestyle.
Gov. Michael Dunleavy’s impending budget cut proposals loomed large at the Governor’s Arts and Humanities Awards last week in Juneau.
“Everything just falls into place,” says Nancy Leavitt of the hard work involved in sinew thread making. “The problems, the stress, the thoughts you have. Most of them just disappear.”