Alaska Native

Anchroage, AK - Fairbanks City Mayor John Eberhart addressed close to 3000 people Thursday during the opening remarks at this year’s Alaska Federation of Natives Convention.

 

This year’s theme is ‘Rise as One.’ Eberhart offered his opinion on what that might mean.

 

Fairbanks, AK - According to the Pew Research Center, voter turnout in mid-term election years is typically about 10 to 20 percent lower compared to years when there is a presidential election.  But November’s ballot in Alaska could draw voters even from rural native villages.

Fairbanks, AK - According to a US District Court Order, the Alaska Division of Elections has until October 10th to provide outreach and poll workers in three remote regions of the state with election materials and voting information that has been translated from English into either Yupik or Gwich'in. In Fairbanks Gwich’in translators are finding the process challenging.

Allan Hayton was contracted by the state Division of Elections.  “Some of it is very technical language, legal jargon," he says. 

Fairbanks, AK- 14 of the 16 candidates running for legislative seats in the Fairbanks area gathered at the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall Thursday night for a forum.  The major issues on voters’ minds included energy, education and subsistence.

Close to 80 people gathered in the tribal hall to hear from candidates. As a retired teacher, Cora Maguire says education needs more funding. “Teachers need to be paid higher wages and the classroom should have a lower number of students,” says Maguire.

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Alaska Native and University of Alaska-Fairbanks officials hosted a ceremony on the campus’s West Ridge yesterday to unveil a sign marking the location of the planned Troth Yeddha Park and Indigenous Studies Center.

The name roughly translates to the place where Athabascan people once harvested troth, a tuber that looks and tastes like a sweet potato.

Emily Schwing / KUAC

Fairbanks, AK - More than 300 firefighters from across are Alaska are in California battling wildfires for at least the next two weeks.  Most of them traveled from Interior Alaska villages for the Alaska Fire Service and the Alaska Division of Forestry.  The crews came through Fairbanks before they left for the lower 48.  For some, it’s a respite from village life. For others it will be the first time they’ve left the state.

Emily Schwing

Novoye Chaplino, Chukotka - An Alaska Native family recently travelled to Russia’s Far East to take part in a gathering of indigenous people from seven nations throughout the circumpolar north.  The three participated in native games, music and the celebration of traditional culture in a tiny coastal village along the Bering Sea. 

 

Emily Schwing / KUAC

Novoye Chaplino - This time of year, indigenous people across the Far North gather to play games and celebrate traditions. Earlier this month, in Fairbanks the took part in the World Eskimo Indian Olympics. There was also a gathering of people from across the Circumpolar north in Inuvik, Canada. This year, native people from Arctic nations joined Russia’s Chukchi and Inuit peoples for the first ever Beringia Arctic Games. It was the largest gathering of it’s kind in a once forgotten corner of the world called Chukotka.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Alaska Native tribes are taking initiative to protect dwindling Yukon River King Salmon. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, a resolution penned by tribes at a meeting in St. Mary’s last week calls for more control in the management of king stocks. 

Tim Ellis/KUAC

The 2014 Arctic Winter Games officially got underway Sunday, with a gala opening ceremony before a standing-room-only crowd the Carlson Center. A full slate of competition -- and a weeklong array of cultural events -- begins today.


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