Howard Luke Remembered

Sep 25, 2019
Sarah McConnell

Athabascan elder Howard Luke, who died at the age of 95 last weekend, is being remembered and celebrated by a wide web of family and friends. KUAC’s Dan Bross attended one several gatherings held this week which brought together people touched by Luke’s kindness and wisdom.

Gerad Smith

University of Alaska archeologists have announced the discovery of an 1,800-year-old human footprint at a site south of Fairbanks. It’s the oldest such footprint ever found in the North American subarctic, and it’s helping archeologists understand more about the ancient people who lived at the site for more than 14,000 years.

Eric Carlson/Ben Potter

UAF archeology professor Ben Potter and an international team of scientists he worked with has discovered evidence of a previously unknown, ancient people who were among the first to cross over from Asia to Alaska more than 15,000 years ago. The scientists based their findings on analysis of DNA from two infants buried more than 11,000 years ago at a site south of Fairbanks. The research, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, sheds new light on when and how the ancestors of today’s indigenous peoples first settled the New World.

Telltale signs of indigenous-cultural changes …

Arctic Council

Indigenous peoples of the Arctic don’t want international tensions in the region.

Tim Ellis/KUAC

A new Fairbanks radio station is broadcasting programs aimed at the Native community in the Interior. Another group hopes to launch its station early next year to provide radio programming for other groups that they say are not being served. The ventures are part of a nationwide trend of community-based radio.

Tanana Chiefs Conference

Alaska Native leader and educator Bernice Joseph has died. The 49-year-old Joseph succumbed to cancer Tuesday. She was a former professor and administrator at UAF. And as KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports, she maintained strong ties with rural Alaska.

"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.

Lear Khehkwaii

Apr 10, 2013
Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre

A Gwichin’ Athabascan version of Shakespeare’s King Lear is going on statewide tour.  KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

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