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August 25, 2020 / This week from The Signal

All the latest news and information from around Alaska.

Alaska tribal governments and organizations are asking the State of Alaska to withdraw a lawsuit filed recently in federal court. The lawsuit alleges the federal Office of Subsistence Management overstepped its authority when it granted the Organized Village of Kake a special hunting action during the pandemic. Here, Kake Youth Conservation Corps help butcher one of five deer obtained during the emergency season. (Photo courtesy of the Organized Village of Kake / Story by Elizabeth Jenkins)

But first… 

I woke up to this interview last Friday morning: Single Mom On Navajo Nation Describes How Her Worries Will Shape Her Vote

Deborah Veres is a single mom and a social studies teacher on the Navajo Nation in Arizona. She talked to NPR's David Greene about what's been keeping her up at night and how those anxieties will drive her vote in November.

It was one of those stories that stuck with me all day and shaped my thoughts and reactions throughout the day. It made me realize how important it is to hear individual people talk about their experiences, their thoughts, their fears -- to have other people's ideas stuck in your head like a song. 

So much of the interview stuck with me. I keep trying to pull out a quote from the transcript, but no single part does the whole of it justice. So I'll just encourage you to listen.

I also want you to know that this is what drives me in my role as KTOO's news editor. I want to do for you what this interview did for me. I want the voices you hear in our news stories to stick with you, to challenge you, to encourage you but also sometimes stir you to discomfort.

-- Jennifer Pemberton, KTOO Managing Editor

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The summer that wasn't: Skagway businesses struggle to survive a season of no tourism

In Southeast Alaska, tourism drives the summer economy. In Skagway, it’s critical. But this year, COVID-19 means tourists are mostly non-existent in the town of around 1,000 people. While the virus has not directly affected Skagway — there are no cases there — residents and business owners are still left trying to figure out how to get by when money isn’t coming in. Alaska Public Media’s Abbey Collins has this story.
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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