Officials say it will take years before they decide whether to add more water that could help restore salmon in the Eklutna River.
The Southeast Alaska Landless Corporation is crafting a bill that would divide 115,000 acres between five communities.
The Kenai Peninsula village declared a water emergency on Tuesday. But a tribal council member says if there’s no significant rainfall this week, they could be completely dry by the weekend.
A national news story caused a stir this week, suggesting President Donald Trump has taken a special interest in how the Tongass will be managed.
The tribe said it decided to withdraw, in part, due to issues with patient care and Bristol Bay Area Health Corp.’s insufficient response to their concerns.
Nearly 50 years ago, Native corporations were created and thousands of acres of land were transferred to each one. However, Alaska Natives from five communities were excluded from the settlement.
There haven’t been any public protests against the proposed Donlin Gold mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta since last summer. But one tribe broke the silence with a resolution opposing the mine this month.
Nine environmental groups have filed a new lawsuit to block a road in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. For nearby King Cove, it’s the latest in a long series of legal and political hurdles.
A recent media report said that one in three rural Alaska villages lacked any kind of law enforcement. Earlier this year, U.S. Attorney General William Barr visited the Y-K Delta to see the public safety crisis firsthand.
It’s still too early to know if petroleum even exists in the refuge in commercially-viable quantities. But if it’s found, Kaktovik’s residents are simultaneously positioned to be among the biggest beneficiaries, and to experience some of the biggest disruptions.