Knik Tribal Council started developing it’s lending program three years ago and is just now giving out housing loans. They are the only statewide organization of its type, though there are other regionally focused ones. At least half of their clients need to be Alaska Native or Native American, but anyone can apply.
Canada-based web developer Victor Temprano created a web-based app that can help educate people about Native peoples and their historical lands. He said he wanted to do his part to right what he considers wrongs and injustices experienced by indigenous tribes.
Alaska tribes’ are in legal limbo after the Interior Department said it was suspending accepting lands into federal trust pending a fresh legal review,. Many tribes in Alaska have long sought trust status for land that exempts it from state and local jurisdictions.