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April 21, 2021 / This week from The Signal

All the latest news and information from around Alaska.

At a gathering in Sitka's Totem Square, five ceremonial Kiks.ádi robes were unveiled along with a new song honoring the herring. Together, the robes tell the story of the Herring Rock Woman, Kaxátjaashaa, who lowered her hair into the ocean for the herring to lay their eggs on (photo and story by Katherine Rose/KCAW).

But first… 

I tried to send this newsletter out on Tuesday at the usual time, but that's right when I was tuning in to NPR's live coverage of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.

To me, there's nothing more important than local and statewide news, but there are some national stories that absolutely eclipse everything else. That guilty verdict was one of those stories. I'll always remember where I was.

There's a decision to be made every time there's live coverage of national events. Normally, we prioritize Juneau news, then Southeast Alaska, then statewide and then national. Fortunately, we were able to run several hours of live coverage of the verdict without bumping Juneau Afternoon or our local afternoon newscasts, but I was ready to stick with it all night if necessary. 

I know you had options for where to tune in yesterday to get your news. If you chose KTOO, thank you. But regardless of how you learned about the guilty verdict, I'm curious to hear where you were and how you felt. 

-- Jennifer Pemberton, KTOO Managing Editor

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Sealaska Heritage Institute is in the early stages of developing the first-ever Tlingit opera. Through it, creators will share the history of the Tlingit-Russian wars and hope to show audiences a variety of Tlingit art forms. Story by Pablo Arauz Peña/KTOO.

KTOO Public Media would like to acknowledge the L'eeneidí and the Wooshkeetaan of the Áak’w Khwáan. Our broadcast studios are on their ancestral homeland. Our building sits on fill that was once tideland and part of what is called the Indian Village. The families of the Juneau Indian Village, like their ancestors, cherish and depend upon their immediate connection to the waterfront. KTOO is working to lift up Tlingit voices and the Tlingit language. Please excuse us for our mistakes, and gunalchéesh for your patience as we learn.

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