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Delta Junction Chamber of Commerce

Seventy-five years ago, the U.S. Army began work on a road to connect the far-flung territory of Alaska to the continental United States. This week, the town at the end of that road, Delta Junction, will consider a proposal to celebrate the Alaska Highway’s 75th anniversary. Organizers of a statewide effort to commemorate the anniversary say the highway represents an important historical achievement and a breakthough in race relations.


Is the U.S.-Russian rivalry playing out in the Arctic?


Arctic Council

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


U.S. Arctic Research Commission

The United States will take over Friday as chair of the Arctic Council, the international body of representatives from eight nations with territory in the region. U.S. delegates they’ll focus on the impact of climate change on the Arctic and its peoples. And despite divisions between some members, observers say they don't believe council’s work will be disrupted.


Brian Schlumbohm, Fort Wainwright public affairs

The Army’s highest-ranking soldier in Alaska says the military trains here so it can operate in the Arctic, which he calls one of the world’s most difficult environments. And Major General Mike Shields says it’s becoming more complex with climate change.


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The University of Alaska-Fairbanks kicked-off Arctic Day 2014 Wednesday with an exhibition of UAF’s research projects in the region, and a talk about how climate change is reshaping it. The keynote speaker says the United States and Alaska must adapt more quickly to a warming Arctic. And she says news media must do a better job in communicating the importance of responding to those changes.


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Russian aircraft have buzzed Alaskan and Canadian coastlines at least twice last week. And in response, U.S. and Canadian air forces sent jets to intercept them.

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. 

 

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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.