The current town site was established around 1900 by Norwegians looking for a good spot to process fish commercially. But archaeologists are finding more evidence that Mitkof Island is just like others in the region. Tlingit people had settlements around Petersburg for thousands of years before Europeans planted their roots.
Increased control over natural resources, like fish, is a top priority for Kuskokwim tribes. One way to move in that direction is through collecting harvest data during fishing season, which helps with the difficult job of in-season management.
The case centered around a dispute between Douglas Indian Association and Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska over about $1 million in federal transportation funds. The case had been watched closely by other tribes because it tested the jurisdiction of state courts over tribal disputes.
It’s been eight years since a small team began excavating an ancient village outside of Quinhagak. Now, archaeologists and tribal leaders are saving what they can before the site washes away. This summer, volunteers worked to recover what they could.
Most students take classes in a second language during high school, but one Bristol Bay polyglot took it to another level. Jalen Konukpeok, an 18-year-old from New Stuyahok learned four languages fluently before graduating from Mount Edgecomb High School in May.