Alaska Native

"Winter Bear" Returns

May 2, 2013
Winter Bear Project

A play about the life of Athabascan elder Sydney Huntington of Galena, takes back to the stage tonight (Thurs.) in Fairbanks. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, it’s the start of interior tour for the Winter Bear.

Dan Bross

A group of descendants of the first men to summit Denali plan to climb the mountain on the 100th anniversary of their for bearers historic ascent.  This week they announced the project with a press conference at St. Mathews Episcopal Church in Fairbanks, the same location where the 1913 expedition was launched.  KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

Dan Bross / KUAC

The Fairbanks Native community and local officials came together yesterday (Thurs) to share information about the recent fire death of a homeless man.  Johnny Wallis, a long time Fairbanks resident who lived on the streets, was found burning in the downtown post office on New Year’s Day.  As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, yesterday’s press conference provided a range of views, but little clarity on the disturbing incident.

Remembering Elder, Richard Frank

Sep 26, 2012
Tanana Chiefs Conference

Fairbanks, AK - Athabascan Elder Richard Frank passed away last week.  He was born and raised in Old Minto, roughly 60 miles northwest of Fairbanks.  Frank was outspoken about native land claims issues and culture heritage preservation.  After serving in the Army Air Corp during World War Two, he went on to found the Alaska Native Veteran’s Association.  Frank also played a role in establishing the Fairbanks Native Association and he worked closely with the Tanana Chiefs conference.  After leaving his home in Old Minto as a boy, Frank worked for the Alaska Railroad.  He also worked on stern