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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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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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The mind is a powerful tool

by Ina Pavila Our minds can be a powerful tool, if used correctly. I like to look at it as an agent where information is recorded and is processed. This information that we hear, we […]

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Winter Rabbit Snaring

by Brad Cole It was evening while walking to a local trail that a young boy ran up to me and asked to follow. The sunlight had just dimmed behind a passing cloud and soft […]

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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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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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Reading Can Be Useful

Do you like reading? Well, I like to read books. The books I like are mysteries and sci fi mysteries. I also like to read horror books. I get the books from the school library […]

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Fluoride-aryugtua

by Angelica Afcan Imagine not being able to tear off that piece of dried fish you had for lunch. Imagine looking at old school photographs and seeing your toothless smile. Imagine having a lifelong speaking […]

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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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The Old Fish Camp Trail

by Brad Cole It was an old nearly forgotten trail slowly turning back into the forest. I worked on it with an axe and machete to cut the branches, stomped down the grass and using […]

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Life within our culture

by Max Angaiak The earliest memory I have is having preschool with Kamgu Post. She gave me a toy plane after she asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up. I was […]

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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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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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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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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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Gone Fishin’

by Joseph Lawrence It was mid August, 2016. Our good deeds to the elders who no longer could provide for themselves was finally going to pay off with the fish and other catch we gave […]

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Muskoxen in Kuskokwim

by Janet Bavilla Who knows if muskoxen would have already moved into our area a long time ago if they had not been extirpated in the mid to late 1850s to 1860? They were reintroduced […]

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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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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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It is not our culture

by Rhett Jackson Liquor was not meant for us. My Ap’a would always tell me that “using those stuff will give you no fun, and hard answers when you’re sober.” I don’t think they should […]

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The YK Lifesaver Report to the People of the Region

by Beverly Hoffman The YK Lifesaver Endowment Fund continues to grow with recent contributions. In 2016 the Lifesavers received funds from Bethel Volunteers Emergency Services Association, the Bethel Lion’s Club, Calista Corporation, the Kuskokwim Ice […]

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Kuigpagmiut: Regional Tribal Government

by Nick P. Andrew, Jr. Tribal leaders on the Lower Yukon River region have the choice to reconsider restructuring and reestablishing Kuiggpagmiut, Inc. that ceased operations in the 1990’s. Kuiggpagmiut, Inc. served as the non-profit […]

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A Sauna Story

by Brad Cole There was a foot of fresh snow on the ground and inside the sauna you could hear the whistling of the evening wind. The thinly planked walls had a gap open to […]