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)
A federal judge has blocked Native regional and village corporations in Alaska from receiving part of $8 billion (dollars) in Tribal allocation in the CARES Act. The judge issued the Monday, April 27, temporary injunction against Alaska Native corporations in a lawsuit over coronavirus relief funding. ... (Read more at knba.org)
Akiak Native Community joined five other Tribal governments and filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over funding in the CARES Act. The federal lawsuit seeks to prevent Alaska Native corporations from taking part in the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund – specifically allocated for Tribes. (Read more at knba.org)
Speakers and language learners came from around the U.S. to a weeklong workshop in Anchorage with the goal of translating census materials. At the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, a group of about 25 people represented the Gwich'in, Inupiat, Yup'ik, and Koyukon cultures from Alaska. They gathered to translate materials for the 2020 Census. (Read more at knba.org)
A 2017 federal murder case could reach a plea agreement ahead of its September trial date.
On Monday, June 17, a federal judge approved an unopposed motion by the U.S. Attorney to extend a pre-trial deadline to August 12.
In August 2017, Kenneth Manzanares was charged with federal first-degree murder in the death of his wife aboard the Emerald Princess. The cruise ship was in the U.S. territorial waters of Southeast Alaska at the time of her death, thus the case is under federal jurisdiction. (Read more at knba.org)
A Southeast Alaska cultural center will study a Tlingit bentwood drum that’s more than 100 years old. By scanning the box drum in infrared, century-old details are returning to the surface.
The bentwood box drum is downstairs at Sealaska Heritage Institute in the cultural center’s collections room. (Read more at ktoo.org.)
Norwegian Cruise Line banned plastic straws aboard its ships, but offers alternatives for people requesting a straw. Another cruise line, Carnival says staff members only supply straws upon request for soda or cocktails.
Alaska’s Last Straw wants to eliminate single-use plastics. Organization president Stacy Katasse said cruise lines trying to reduce plastic straw waste is good news. (Read more at ktoo.org.)
When the homelands of indigenous groups straddle the border between U.S. and Canada, traveling back-and-forth becomes an immigration issue. You might think the countries would have similar policies, but it isn’t that easy.
One U.S.-born Tsimshian teacher is caught in the mess, fighting to legally stay and work in her ancestral homeland in British Columbia.
Mique’l Dangeli teaches the Tsimshian language — Sm’algya̱x — to children and adults, including at a school in Kitsumkalumm, British Columbia. (Read more at ktoo.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.