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Yup’ik (Cup’ik) Judicial Practices

by Charles Moses Yup’k and Cup’ik (Y/Cup’ik) Tribes make up the largest Indigenous or Native Group in Alaska. Their territory covers most of Southwestern Alaska from Bristol Bay along the Bering Sea Coast to Norton […]

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Assimilation: Killing the Indian, Saving the Man

by Jacob Sipary Imagine thousands upon thousands of little native boys and girls being ripped from their homes in order to become “civilized”. Those poor, innocent, and scared little children were forced to completely abandon […]

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District 38 Dems React to the Devastating Cuts in Proposed State Budget

by Vicki Turner Malone  District 38 Democrats met Wednesday evening, Feb 20, 2019, at KuC to discuss Governor Dunleavy’s proposed 2020 budget. Representative Tiffany Zulkosky made time at the beginning of the meeting via teleconference […]

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The hard truth about Medicaid expansion

by Bethany Marcum It’s time for a reality check. Since Alaska expanded Medicaid to able-bodied adults in 2015, our state has experienced cost overruns, unexpected—but predictable—over-enrollment, and is facing a dependency crisis. Some—local lawmakers and […]

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We are concerned about the development of the Donlin Gold Mine and how it will impact our salmon-spawning river

This is from 136 YK Region Women who are shareholders of Calista Corporation who signed this open letter to Calista CEO Andrew Guy and Board Chair Robert Beans in hopes our voices will be heard. […]

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Local Tribal Governments’ Concern Around Donlin Gold is Ignored

by Peter Evon With the onslaught of state permits issued and proposed in recent weeks, it bears repeating that the Donlin project is not nearly as benign as incoming DNR Commissioner Corri Feige would have […]

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Tailings don’t have to be a river of mud

by Dr. Kendra Zamzow On January 26th, the Feijao tailings dam in Brazil released 85 percent of the 13 million m3 of iron-ore tailings behind it. At least 84 people died, and the final death […]

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Is Donlin doing everything they can to minimize or eliminate impacts to the resources we rely so heavily on?

by Dave Cannon By now you might have heard about the recent mine tailings dam collapse in Brazil that killed 58 people with hundreds still missing. You may, or may not, be aware of the […]

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Marijuana shop opening and location raises grave concerns

by the Bethel Family Clinic Board of Directors A letter dated January 11, 2019 to the Honored Members of the City of Bethel Council. Respected Members, As the Board of Directors for the Bethel Family […]

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State committed to safely developing Donlin Gold project

by Corri A. Feige As Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR), it is my responsibility to carry out the department’s mission to “develop, conserve and maximize the use of Alaska’s natural resources […]

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Winter knitted mittens tutorial

by Delta Discovery Staff Don’t you love the look, feel, and warmth of homemade knitted mittens? They are so cozy and nice, and the fact that they are homemade gives them that special sentimental significance […]

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Planning on Adopting a Rescue Pet?

by Deborah L. White I know many of us love and deeply care for the furry additions we bring into our homes. We nurture and care for them. Recently, my ‘Freckles’ passed away. She was […]

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Alaska’s 7.0 earthquake

by Senator Lisa Murkowski 12.05.18 Senator Sullivan and I just returned to Washington after an almost surreal 24-hour period up in the state. We went up on Sunday night, Monday morning. We hadn’t anticipated being […]

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New report on missing and murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

by Senator Murkowski Staff A report prepared by the Seattle-based Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) and released today (Nov. 14th,2018) by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) indicates the epidemic of violence against Missing and Murdered […]

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Our Lt. Governor inspires greatness

by Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky Public service is not for the faint of heart. When I was considering putting my name forward to represent my home region, House District 38 in the YK Delta, something Lt. […]

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Stand for Salmon will continue to work for positive change post-Ballot Measure 1

by Stand for Salmon Today (November 6th, 2018), tens of thousands of Alaskans raised their voices to protect wild salmon and the rivers they call home. While Ballot Measure 1 did not garner enough votes […]

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An Alaska Native’s Mining Perspective

by Fred Smith I’m an Alaska Native from Noorvik in Northwest Alaska, though, I’ve lived many years in the Y-K region. I have three children, now adults, who are eligible for Calista scholarships and employment […]

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Big government and Big corporations

by Adeline Peter Raboff I cannot sit by and watch and listen to the massive propaganda campaign about Ballot Measure 1 without comment. It’s Big government and Big corporations at their most hell-bent destructive ways. […]

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Ballot Measure #1 – An Act Providing for the Protection of Wild Salmon & Fish & Wildlife Habitat…Know the Facts

by Dave Cannon There is a lot of misinformation going around about the Ballot Measure #1, both from outside the Kuskokwim and from within; sadly, much of it is intentional. Election Day is less than […]

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Mikelnguput qigcignarqut … keneknarqut

by Elena Aluskak Our children are honorable and lovable … can any one of us disagree with this? No – not one individual will attest to contradict this statement of honor and value and love […]

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Permitting process already rigorous, transparent and based on science

by Andy Cole and Andrew Guy Truth is important, especially when the stakes are as high as they are with Ballot Measure 1, the salmon-habitat initiative. Donlin Gold, located in the Yukon Kuskokwim region, is […]

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We will build the natural gas pipeline

by Governor Bill Walker Previous governors waited for someone else to bring our vast amounts of natural gas to market. We are done waiting. We took charge, and in four years have brought the gasline […]

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Alaskans must do a better job of understanding this severity

by Carmen Lowry and Dr. Tracey Wiese On September 6, a little girl, Ashley Johnson-Barr, played at her local park in Kotzebue. She will never return to play there again. Her body was found on […]

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Ballot Measure 1 can fix weakened salmon protection statutes

by Grant Fairbanks Alaska is the last great producer of wild Pacific salmon. We became a state due to the mismanagement of this salmon resource by the federal government in the1900s. In 1952, 85 of […]

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Let’s make Local Option work for us

by Sharon Chakuchin This is true freedom, to have the streets and playgrounds, walkways and most neighborhoods free from those who have drunk too much and have found themselves either making fools of themselves or […]

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Two recent decisions prove why we need the Stand for Salmon Ballot Measure 1

by Bob Shavelson In the lead-up to the Labor Day holiday weekend, when Alaskans were distracted with camping and hunting and fishing plans, our State government quietly issued two decisions which show exactly why we […]

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A Place by any Other Name

by Louie Andrew There was a notice of sorts some years back in the local newspaper (Tundra Drums) in spring concerning dogs having rabies or the possibility of rabies within the Bethel city limits. Rabies […]

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Salmon hatcheries support Alaskans, and feed the world

by Casey Campbell and Mike Wells When the Good Friday earthquake shook Alaska in 1964, the damage wasn’t confined to buildings and homes. In some coastal areas, the land and ocean floor were uplifted dramatically […]

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An opportunity to work hard

by Daniel B. Ausdahl Jr. My name is Daniel B. Ausdahl Jr. from Kalskag, Alaska. I am 39 years old. I am a Heavy Equipment Operator for Knik Construction, Captain and Owner of T Bird […]

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Local History should be taught to our students

by Robert Okitkun I would like to see more emphasis on the history of the people that have resided in this area during the past millennium. I would like students to know that the Russian […]

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How one mine transformed the Northwest Arctic Borough

by Rosie Barr As a NANA shareholder, former NANA vice president of Lands and now vice president of Lands and Natural Resources for Calista Corporation, I know how a mine and an indigenous people can […]

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Threats to our survival as a People

by Gloria Simeon As fall approaches, I am filled with gratitude that once again, we were able to harvest from our land and rivers and reap the blessings we have been granted. At the same […]

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The Red Dog Mine: A mechanism for hope and a catalyst for northwest Alaska

by Helvi Sandvik Four hundred miles north of Bethel is the Red Dog Mine, a living testament to how one mine can be transformative for an indigenous population who primarily lives a subsistence way of […]

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The Kuskokwim River is Worth its Weight in Gold

by R.B. Slats A Proposed Open Pit Mine: will be 2.2 miles long, 1 mile wide; 1/3 of a mile (deep) into the earth. The Open Pit Mine is dubbed Donlin Gold. The operation will […]

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Tourism/Visitors in the Y-K Delta Region

by Homer Hunter The following article is a short research assignment that I wrote and when I studied Introduction to Tourism as part of my financial aid requirements during this past spring. I found a […]

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Grab the Moment…

by Elena Aluskak Waqaa! I remember when my quiet moments were gently filled with what I thought then as “lecture”. On-going repeated lecture. Sometimes, persuasively but never harsh, other times just seem to flow with […]

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Stand for Salmon 101: Why the Time to Vote Yes for Salmon and Defend Alaska’s Salmon Future is Now

by Ryan Schryver, Campaign Director for Stand for Salmon It’s no secret that an Alaska without salmon would be an Alaska with a hole in its heart. Unthinkable, actually, for anyone who’s connected to our […]

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Tuluksak Native Community adopts Resolution opposing Donlin Gold Mine

by Tuluksak Native Community Village Council The Tuluksak Village Council passed Resolution No. 18-17-01: A RESOLUTION OF THE TULUKSAK NATIVE COMMUNITY, TULUKSAK VILLAGE COUNCIL AGAINST THE DONLIN GOLD MINE PROJECT, INCLUDING LAYOUT OF THE PROPOSED […]

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Study: Alaska fishermen suffer high rate of health problems

by Sue Keller Alaska salmon fishermen have a significantly higher rate of health problems than the general population, according to a new study conducted by the University of Washington School of Public Health in partnership […]

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Stand for Salmon Today and Tomorrow in the Y-K Delta

by Danielle Craven Here on the Kuskokwim, we are thankful for the first opening this past week where many of our families enjoyed the sharing of the first catch, fresh boiled fish, and began the […]

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Correcting the Record Strict governance process is in place to protect Calista

by Margaret Pohjola, Treasurer, Board of Directors The Calista Corporation’s (Calista) Board and Executive Staff wake up every day thinking about how to create a stronger, more effective organization. Every choice our Alaska Native Corporation […]

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Salmon initiative promises to protect a way of life

by Frederick Olsen Jr. When I think of salmon, I think of summer days that have lasted my whole life. I pray they never end. Most often it starts on a dusky dawn in June. […]

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Request for Reconsideration of FSA 18-01 with modification

by Akiak Native Community This is a letter to the Office of Subsistence Management Subsistence Policy Coordinator sent by the Akiak Native Community, dated May 23rd, 2018. Akiak Native Community submits a Request for Reconsideration […]

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Talking to children today builds their financial capability tomorrow

by Jon Cochrane Children want to feel included. It starts on the playground and grows as their social circles widen. A way adults can help foster financial inclusion is by helping them develop an understanding […]

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Sullivan Honors Alaskan John Active

by Senator Dan Sullivan U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) honored Bethel resident John Active, legendary Yup’ik storyteller and decades long voice of KYUK public media, as part of his “Alaskan of the Week” series on […]

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Has the Donlin Gold Project EIS Process Served the Residents of the Kuskokwim Well?

by Dave Cannon Back in January of 2013, when the Army Corps of Engineers held their initial “scoping meeting” in Aniak as part of the Donlin Gold Project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process, I and […]

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ONC protests liquor license renewal

by Walter Jim The Orutsararmiut Native Council for the Native Village of Bethel protests the possible Liquor License renewal for Alaska Commercial Store. Since the Liquor Store opened many lives have changed, mostly negative. The […]

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Oh… The Children

by Elena Aluskak I remember my childhood; many sweet, happy memories. Memories where I am expressing happy schooldays, fun outdoor activities as well as moments where my mentality was put down by peers or other, […]

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Response to letters regarding Donlin Gold project

by Andrew Guy March 15, 2018 In response to the February 14th, and March 7th, 2018 opinion letters written by Mr. Grant Fairbanks, I wish to offer some points of clarification. The Calista Corporation owns […]

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Ciunemteni Caningqalria Naugguirviinani What is before us that cannot be avoided

by Ina Pavila I am reminiscing about coming in from the cold, with my skates on, to a warm, clean home and the smell of food cooking on the stove. My mother and father in the […]

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There are too many unanswered questions, uncertainties with the Donlin plan

by Grant Fairbanks Donlin is not ready or capable to build a safe mine at this time. Their proposed gold mine would be the largest of this type in the world. After reading over 5000 […]

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Ilaten Atak Assircaarluki Pikiki

by Ina Pavila Parents that live harmoniously with each other will in turn have children that live harmoniously with each other. Parents who show stability within the home will more likely have stable children. If […]

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Cama-i Dance Festival 2018 March 16th ~ 18th at Bethel High School “Cauyat Tupagtelarait Nauviput ~ Drums Awaken Our Roots”

by Linda Curda This year’s Cama-i (Yup’ik for a warm welcoming hello) Dance Festival is almost here and the Bethel Council on the Arts is once again proud to be the sponsor of what promises […]

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Mercury contamination of the watershed and the tundra close to the Donlin Gold Mine is concerning

by Grant Fairbanks I haven’t been sleeping well since I attended the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s meeting here in Bethel on Jan. 23rd. concerning Donlin Gold’s pollutant discharge permit and their Waste management permit. […]

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Calricaraq is our Yuuyaraq

by Ina Pavila The Methamphetamine Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) grant was allotted to Orutsararmiut Traditional Native Council ONC to initiate suicide prevention using the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC) model Calricaraq/yuuluaqauciq. CALRICARAQ is our YUUYARAQ; […]

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I am part land. I am part water. I am always Native.

by Chris Agragiiq Apassingok Agragiighuunga. Sivuqaghhmiinguunga. Ataka Takeva. Naaka Aakapak. Sivuqami angliinga whangkunneng katam neqennaqmeng. Ayuumighhaaneng tawatelnguq Sivuqaq. Tamaghhaan neqa tugaaqegkaangat. Aghveq, ayveq, maklak, neghsaq, allanginaq, qawaak allangingaq, iqalluk allanginaq, tepamneg, elqwaaghmeng, nunam nunivagseghaaneng neqekukut, […]

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State-Tribal Education Compacts – An opportunity to transform education in Alaska

by Representative Chuck Kopp I was blessed to have parents who were lifelong educators here in Alaska. In 1936, my father was born in Yunan Province, China. He survived the Second Sino-Japanese war, but carried with […]

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Alaska LNG: The time is now

by Governor Bill Walker Alaska now has the necessary alignment for the Alaska gasline LNG project. Mid-June 1970: one of the most important days in my life. It rained, as I waited in-line outside a […]

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Revisions to Criminal Justice Reform pass house; SB 54 now awaits Senate concurrence

by House Speaker Bryce Edgmon Nov. 8, 2017: Following two weeks of debate, public testimony, and consideration of amendments in the Judiciary Committee, the Finance Committee, and on the House Floor, SB 54 passed the […]

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Sullivan Honors Alaskan of the Week: Chris Apassingok

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) spoke on the Senate floor this week (Nov. 3rd, 2017) in recognition of Chris Apassingok, a young whaler from Gambell, Alaska who is helping to keep the Alaska Native whaling […]

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The Bones in the Box

by Mark Leary She slowly hobbled down the bank cradling a beat-up grease-stained cardboard box. Reaching a small Lund boat she carefully set the box inside and climbed in. Poor woman – she pulled on […]

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The importance of the positive and beneficial impact of Tribal Education

by Willie Kasayulie The Yupiaq had a system of education that took into account the universe of the human being, including respect for all renewable and non-renewable resources the Ellam Yua (Creator) created. The building […]

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Fishing on the Tuluksak River

by Brad Cole I was standing with wading boots on in the grassy shallows of the Tuluksak River casting a line out about 20 feet. The cool flowing waters and late afternoon breeze felt refreshing. The […]

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Students Lack of Motivation

by Kaitlynn Active According to Catherine Gewerts, there was a survey given to 467 dropout students from 25 major cities. This survey was given to them to know the reason for their dropping out of […]

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The Effects and Solutions of Trauma

by Katlin Lewis Have you ever thought of how many students in High School suffer from traumatic events? The problem is there are so many different traumatic stages that children and the youth go through. […]

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Let Alaska Lead the Way

by Donna Walker In the aftermath of the violence and hatred on display in Charlottesville this weekend, I found myself in deep reflection. As a child growing up in the South, I knew that life […]

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Nunavuut Provisional Government

by Harold Napoleon Yup’ik and Athabaskan Tribal leaders, youth and elders, of the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta met on August 1 – 3, 2017 and began the process of unifying the area’s 56 tribes and creating […]

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What causes a person to be a bully?

by Kenlynn Slats Have you ever been bullied for being different? Today, throughout the world, students are being harassed for multiple reasons. Whether it’s because of your appearance, race, weight, cultural, or sexual orientation. According […]

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Bethel Mourns Maro’s Passing A Fond Remembrance

by Vicki Malone Her last name was Kargas, but I suspect many people in Bethel did not know it. She was simply Maro, as distinctive as her name. She first arrived in Bethel in 1980 […]

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Nunavuut Constitutional Convention

by Harold Napoleon This open letter regarding the Constitutional Convention: August, 1 – 3, 2017, Bethel, Alaska was addressed to the Yupik & Athabaskan Tribal Councils: 56 villages of the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta, dated July […]

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Please God – Save The Kings: Nobody Else Seems To Be Trying!

by Dave Cannon Have you ever heard the saying, “God save the queen”? That’s actually Britain’s National Anthem written sometime in the 18th Century. Well, someone needs to step in here in the Kuskokwim because […]

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The American Flag

The 5th graders from Gladys Jung Elementary took part in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary American Flag Poetry and Essay Contest back in March. The entries were all handwritten original pieces about the American […]

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CDQ Expansion needed in the Kusilvak Census Area

by Nick P. Andrew Jr. The Lower Yukon River Delta region of western Alaska is encompassed by the Kusilvak Census Area that includes the twelve (12) communities of: Alakanuk, Chevak, Emmonak, Hooper Bay, Kotlik, Marshall, […]

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Please veto HB 132, Transportation Network Companies

by Myron Naneng Sr. Mr. Governor, I, Myron Naneng Sr., am the Chairman of the Board for the Sea Lion Corporation, representing the people of Hooper Bay, AK, and I would like to discuss HB […]

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It’s time to change the old system and move forward

by Naparyaq Marcus Alexie Based upon my observations, our villages are not the only village or government system in which an old boys network exists. You will also find these types of networking scattered across […]

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Real Controversy over REAL ID

by Rep. Bryce Edgmon Early this session House and Senate “companion” bills—HB74 and SB34—were introduced on behalf of the governor in an effort to bring Alaska into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act. Passed […]

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Our Personal Investment in Our Communities, Our State, and Alaska’s Next Generation

by Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon April 28th, 2017: On Tuesday evening the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee took public testimony on HB 115—the Education Funding Act—and afterward much was made of the fact […]

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Income tax for Alaska

by Robin Smith Alaska is the only state that doesn’t require either income or sales taxes to run the government. Alaska has been fortunate to have had sufficient oil income since 1980 to pay all […]

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Remembrance and appreciation at retirement

by Barb Angaiak Dear LKSD Board, Administration, Staff, Students and Community: As I near retirement I am reflecting on a long career in the Y-K Delta. I feel fortunate to have worked all these years […]

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Trump Administration plans to cut funding for the Essential Air Service Program

by Grant Aviation Grant Aviation is asking for your assistance to help preserve the Essential Air Service (EAS) program in Alaska. The Trump administration announced on March 17th their intention to cut funding for this […]

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Suicide Prevention Activity using our Subsistence Lifestyle

by Althea Jackson Waqaa, my name is Althea Jackson. I am the new Suicide Prevention Coordinator for Akiachak Native Community under the SAMHSA Native Connections grant, also known as the Qigcikiyaraq Pinariuq (it’s time for […]

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YK Delta Yup’ik and Athabascan Intertribal Conference

Submitted by the Akiak Native Community ONC Multipurpose Building, Bethel Alaska The Yup’ik and Athabascan tribes of the YK delta are being called to a meeting April 4, 2017 in Bethel to consider and to […]

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Alaska’s current fiscal situation and the Legislative Session

by Governor Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott As we reach the halfway point of the 2017 legislative session, we wish to share some thoughts about this critical time that represents a truly defining moment […]