Almost a year ago on June 5, 2019, a lightning strike ignited the Swan Lake fire on the Kenai Peninsula. The fire burned more than 167,000 acres. The remnants of that fire likely created prime habitat for morel mushrooms. And one ecologist hopes to crowdsource where hunters are finding them to understand more about the fungi. But how do you get people who are inherently secretive about where they find morels -- to tell you where they find their morels? ... (Read more at knba.org)
The U.S. Inspector General sent a letter to a New Mexico senator confirming an investigation into whether the Departments of Interior and Treasury violated ethics rules and regulations. U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a Democrat, shared the letter in an announcement Monday, May 11, welcoming the investigation. Udall serves as vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. ... (Read more at knba.org)
The U.S. Treasury and Interior departments announced Tuesday (May 5, 2020) they would begin disbursing part of an $8 billion Tribal allocation for coronavirus relief funds. The CARES Act funding is to help Tribes with relief efforts in the fight against coronavirus. Only about 60 percent -- or $4.8 billion -- will initially be distributed based on Tribal population. The population count is based on the Indian Housing Block Grant Formula used by Housing and Urban Development. The initial disbursement would happen over several days. ... (Read more at knba.org)
Tripp J Crouse (Ojibwe, descendent of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) has worked in print journalism and broadcasting for 15-plus years, and currently represents Alaska and serves as 2019 chair of the Station Advisory Committee for Native Public Media, a national organization that offers support services to Tribal and Native public radio stations. Tripp is also a member of the Native American Journalists Association and Alaska Press Club. Prior to working at 90.3 KNBA in Anchorage, Tripp worked at KTOO in Juneau and the Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa.