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Harmonica Man Mike Stevens on Tour in AK April 28 – May 10

Harmonica Virtuoso Mike Stevens, recent recipient of Canada’s Medal of Honor for his healing work in Canadian villages (20 years), will share healing music and dance events in Alaska’s western, interior and North Slope communities […]

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Suicide prevention advocates make an impact in Juneau

by James Biela Suicide Prevention Advocates with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)- Alaska Chapter traveled to Juneau to meet the legislators and discuss keeping mental health and suicide prevention as a priority for […]

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Nunapitchuk Algebra I Students are Teacher For A Day

Nunapitchuk, AK – Students in the Algebra 1 classes at Anna Tobeluk Memorial School recently participated in an extension activity that saw them breaking into small groups and teaching a math lesson to students in […]

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Bills moved in Senate Finance Committee

by Senator Lyman Hoffman Hello – Day 81…and this week, the Senate Finance Committee moved a couple of bills. SB 16: Alcohol License Fairs, Theatres, Concerts, Bonds; SB 61: Commercial Fishermen’s Fund/Vessel Owner and SB […]

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Hunters asked to avoid taking collared moose along the Yukon River in Unit 18

by ADF&G Staff Bethel -The Alaska Department of Fish and Game plans to capture and collar moose April 11 through April 20 along the Yukon River in Game Management Unit 18. Because sedatives routinely used […]

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Cama-i Festival opening night

by K.J. Lincoln The Cama-i Dance Festival opened tonight, Friday, March 29th, 2019 with traditional dancing featuring local, regional, and statewide groups. Cama-i Co-coordinator Linda Curda and Orutsararmiut Traditional Chief Louie Andrew gave the welcome […]

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Calista 2019 Spring Distribution largest ever at $6.5M Shareholder population over 29,000

by Thom Leonard Calista Corporation’s Board of Directors voted to approve a spring distribution at $6.49 million, up from $6.17 million last year. The number of Shareholders also increased from about 25,000 last year to […]

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Please keep the PCE program intact for us

by Joshua Cleveland This open letter to Representative Tiffany Zulkosky is dated March 21, 2019. Dear Representative Zulkosky, My friend and representative of the Bethel area. I want to share with you the concern I […]

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AVCP talks Public Safety to new House Tribal Affairs Committee

by Azara Mohammadi The Alaska House of Representatives passed a resolution (37-1) in favor of creating the first Tribal Affairs Committee, chaired by our own Representative Tiffany Zulkosky. This special committee was championed by the […]

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Calista Connect Contest launches

by Thom Leonard Calista Corporation introduces the Calista Connect Contest. Shareholders 18 years and older who complete two easy digital options are entered to win. The contest is open now and all entries must be […]

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Senate District S Update

by Senator Lyman Hoffman Hello- We have arrived at day 60 in the 31st legislative session. I want to start this week’s newsletter with a huge shout out to Bethel’s own Peter Kaiser for winning […]

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Winter Muskox season extension on Nunivak Island in Unit 18

by ADFG Staff The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announces an extension of the winter season for muskox hunting on Nunivak Island in Unit 18. The season will be extended until March 31, 2019. […]

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Kaiser wins BBNC Fish First Iditarod Award

Iditarod musher Peter Kaiser received the Bristol Bay Native Corporation Fish First Award as the first to reach the Kaltag checkpoint in the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Kaiser arrived in Kaltag at approximately […]

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Rural Airport Safety Campaign continues in YK delta

The Division of Statewide Aviation implemented the Rural Airport Safety Campaign program in 2017 in an effort to keep kids safe and off of runways and to also prevent vandalism. It’s been a team effort […]

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Members appointed to YK Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council

Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has made appointments to the 10 Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils including the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The Councils advise the Federal Subsistence Board on subsistence management regulations and policies […]

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Donlin-backed Skiku program ignites students’ passions for skiing

Each winter, with the support of sponsors like Donlin Gold, the Skiku program sends volunteer coaches to remote villages in Alaska to teach kids the basic techniques of cross-country skiing, a healthy sport fit for […]

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Calista Corporation testifies during US House Committee Hearing

by Thom Leonard Subcommittee for the Indigenous Peoples of the United States focused on climate change impact to tribal communities. On February 12, the U.S. House of Representative’s Natural Resource Committee held a hearing on […]

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Alaska State Senate Legislative Update

by Senator Lyman F. Hoffman March 1st, 2019 Hello, We are at the half-way mark of the 90-day session. This week the Senate Finance Committee completed the agency budget overviews from the departments of Labor, […]

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Kuskokwim Village Leaders visit Juneau pressing changes to Donlin Plan

Local tribal representatives challenging state permits, looking for changes. A group of Kuskokwim regional leaders are visiting Juneau to push for several changes to the existing and pending State of Alaska permits for the Donlin […]

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32nd Annual 1A Coastal Conference Basketball Tournament Awards

Girls Free Throw Boys Free Throw Girls Hot Shot Boys Hot Shot Boys Academic Award Girls Academic Award Girls 2ndPlace Team Girls Champions Boys 2ndPlace Team Girls All Tourney Team Boys All Tourney Team Boys […]

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2018-19 Upriver Science Fair Kuspuk School District

by Dave Bonanno The Upriver Science Fair was held in Crooked Creek on February 6th and 7th, 2019. Students participated from Stony River, Sleetmute, Crooked Creek and Chuathbaluk. 7 people flew to Crooked Creek from […]

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2019 Bethel Sprint Club 12 mile Race Results

The Bethel Sprint Mushers Club hosted a 12-mile race last Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23rd, 2019. Winning with the fastest elapsed time overall was Greg Larson of Napaskiak. He posted the fastest time on Day […]

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The Time is Now Building an innovative CTE program bridging rural Alaska to Anchorage

Anchorage School District and Lower Yukon School District announce a new, innovative, exciting Career and Technical Education partnership. This partnership is a model of scaling up, not down, and has the potential to be replicated […]

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Larson wins February 50 Sled Dog Race

The February 50 Sled Dog Race, sponsored by the Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee has a winner. Willie Larson, racing a team from the Bad River Kennel finished first, crossing the line in Bethel with a […]

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Arrest made in cold case murder of Sophie Sergie

Case solved utilizing Genetic Genealogy and years of investigation After nearly 26 years, the Alaska State Troopers is finally able to help an Alaskan family get one step closer to justice. On February 15, 2019, […]

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Arrest Made in Fairbanks Cold Case

by Alaska DPS Staff February 15, 2019 (ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – After nearly 26 years, the Alaska State Troopers is finally able to help an Alaskan family get one step closer to justice. On February 15, 2019, […]

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When Alaska salmon ‘go viral’

by Jenny Weis The sitting president of the United States visited Dillingham in 2015 and picked fish, ate traditional foods, and joined local kids for Yup’ik dancing. On Kanakanak beach, President Obama picked a humpy […]

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Legal disagreements amicably resolved between Calista and Director Don

Calista is pleased to announce that the legal disagreements between Wayne Don and Calista have been amicably resolved and the lawsuit titled Calista v. Don has been dismissed. Calista is retracting the public censure and […]

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Nelson Island musk ox hunt

by Isiah Rivers Shiah Rivers, my second child, took aim at this 3 year old bull before he took the shot. For one year after catching his first ever bull moose he talked about wanting […]

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Rural Alaska Honors Institute adds teaching and language options

by Leona Long Students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Rural Alaska Honors Institute will have new options to explore teaching careers and Alaska Native languages during the summer 2019 session. The deadline to apply […]

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In-air assault reported

Alaska State Troopers, Bethel Post received a report of a disturbance, occurring on 1/31/19 on board an aircraft operated by Yute Commuter Air Service. A 16 year old boarded the aircraft in Napakiak bound for […]

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Calista corporation providing tax documents to shareholders

by Thom Aparuk Leonard Calista Corporation is providing information to Shareholders regarding IRS dividend and distribution reporting. All Calista Corporation Class A, B, C and D dividends are currently non-taxable. Calista Shareholders who received over […]

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Real ID – Senate District S Update

by Senator Lyman F. Hoffman Friends – In week three, the Senate Finance Committee received Senate Bill 38 and 39, requested by the Governor. SB 38 Supplemental and Disaster Relief, relating to fire suppression activities […]

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We need a post office in our village

by Janet Bavilla Villages have always done their best to adapt to a changing world. Many in the present have tried their best to adjust to western civilization while maintaining native cultures. It’s easier for […]

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40th K300 race celebrates with ceremony, banquet finale

by K.J. Lincoln The 40th running of the Kuskokwim 300 is in the books, with all 18 mushers and their teams safely home after making the trek from Bethel to Aniak and back. On Monday […]

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Rookie musher Pavila wins Bogus Creek 150

First place winner of the Bogus Creek 150 race is Jason Pavila of Kwethluk. At only 15 years of age, he is this year’s top rookie. This is his first year mushing this race. He […]

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Donlin Gold receives additional authorizations

State approves waste management permit, reclamation and closure plan and financial assurance plan. January 18, 2019: Donlin Gold received two permit decisions with the issuance of its Waste Management permit from the Alaska Department of […]

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Andrews wins 2019 Akiak Dash

Akiak Dash musher Terrell Andrews of Bethel, age 21, is this year’s race winner. Andrews finished the race at 7:55:04pm on Saturday. Close behind was Joseph Demantle of Tuluksak who arrived at the finish at […]

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Andrews wins 2019 Akiak Dash

Terrell Andrews, wearing bib #6, of Bethel is this year’s winner of the Akiak Dash. He crossed the finish line at 7:55:04 PM. His team was led by Cricket and Lightning. Congratulations Terrell!

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40th K300 Sled Dog Race Mushers

The Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog race is this Friday, January 18th. There are 19 mushers currently signed up for the race. As of Sunday, Matthew Failor, Ramey Smyth, and Nicolas Petit were racing the Copper […]

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New year brings new series and more Alaskans overcoming addiction

Continuing to combat Alaska’s high rates of alcohol misuse into the new year, Koahnic Broadcast Corporation and Recover Alaska have collaborated to produce a new season of the Emmy-award winning series Day 001. The new […]

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Researchers help Alaska villages turn tide on disasters

by Tanya Clayton Alaska villages facing coastal disasters may be able to use new erosion-monitoring tools as part of their decision-making arsenal, thanks to a pilot study led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Lead […]

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Centenarian Celebrates 100th Birthday

A look back at 2018: Albertina Cingyukan Dull from Nightmute, AK turned 100 years old on October 10th, 2018. This photo was taken in Bethel on October 13th where her family and friends had a […]

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“107 Miles and Counting” BSAR Holiday Kuskokwim River Update:*

by Bethel Search and Rescue 12.24.18 Summary: With a full two weeks of cold weather and the great need for cheaper, more efficient transportation in our region, the lower sections of the Kuskokwim Ice Road […]

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Coastal Villages rewards Youth-to-Work employees with performance based bonuses

by CVRF Staff The Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF) board of directors approved the distribution of $100,000 worth of bonuses to qualifying 2018 Youth-to-Work employees last Friday in recognition of their dedication and hard work […]

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Winter Smelt Fish Cutter

Shenae Davidson of Kipnuk is 4 years old and she is helping her grandmother Elena Davidson prepare delicious Qukaqliq River smelts for cooking. photo by James DavidsonShenae Davidson of Kipnuk is 4 years old and […]

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Good Weather, Good People, and Good Work Getting Done BSAR River Update:*

by Bethel Search and Rescue 12.16.18 Summary: With more normal cold temperatures for the past 10 days Kuskokwim River conditions have been improving for safe Holiday travel. They are however improving slower than expected due […]

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Graduate Kory Joe: South to Arizona Alaska Native dedicated to making his homeland better with his NAU degree

by Heidi Toth Mountain Village, Alaska, is poor—one of the poorest towns in the country, in fact. The town of about 800 people sits in the banks of the Yukon River, far from the gold, […]

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Alaska congressional delegation announces $23 million grant for Emmonak dock

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today (Dec. 7th, 2018) announced a $23.1 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant for Emmonak, Alaska to construct a permanent dock and barge/landing […]

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Winter at Last! BSAR Kuskokwim River Update*

by Bethel Search and Rescue 12.8.18 Summary: With temperatures up to 20 degrees cooler travel conditions in the Bethel area have been greatly improving. BSAR teams have been out every day monitoring conditions and checking […]

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Yulista Holding, LLC subsidiary wins contract

Yulista Holding, LLC subsidiary-led joint venture Defense Systems and Solutions (DSS) was awarded a $4.7B contract supporting the AMRDEC Prototype Integration Facility (PIF) located at Redstone Arsenal, AL. DSS, a SBA approved 8(a) joint venture, […]

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Coastal Villages tests ‘Tiny House’ solution to rural housing crisis

by CVRF Staff In response to the results of a community survey, Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF) is testing an alternative approach to addressing the critical need for housing in rural Alaska – with a […]

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Students enjoy Thanksgiving literacy success activities

by Lonny Cruff Nunapitchuk, AK – A new Migrant Ed coordinator, Malcolm Enoch, in Nunapitchuk has organized a variety of activities for pre-school and school-aged children to help them prepare for school, or help the […]

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Sen. Hoffman joins Senate Majority team

The Alaska Senate Majority today (Nov. 26th, 2018) announced its complete team for the 31st Alaska Legislature, which begins Jan. 15. The majority also announced a caucus agreement reflecting Alaskans’ desire for more engagement in […]

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Three million pounds of frozen moose

by Ned Rozell The magnificent creature was fooled by vocal plumbing — similar to its own but much smaller — imitating the groan of a receptive female. The bull moose grunted twice, then strode through […]

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“Way Behind Schedule”

by Bethel Search and Rescue BSAR Aerial Survey 11.19.18 Summary: Today BSAR did an aerial survey of the Johnson and Kuskokwim Rivers up to Kalskag. The purpose of the flight was not to determine if […]

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Elder Talks

by Lonny Cruff Nunapitchuk, AK – Students and staff at Anna Tobeluk Memorial School (ATMS) in Nunapitchuk have been privileged to hear from several local elders and other speakers during a regularly scheduled assembly every […]

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AFN 2018 President’s Award Honorees

Every year AFN honors those who have made outstanding contributions to their families and the Native community. Congratulations to recipient of the Roger Lang Youth Award – local youth leader and organizer Ben Anderson-Agimuk of […]

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Emmonak welcomes Santa to town

by Spc. Michael Risinger The Alaska National Guard and the Salvation Army united to take Operation Santa Claus to the village of Emmonak Nov. 1st. An HC-130J Combat King II aircraft from the 211th Rescue […]

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Donlin Gold supports initiative that uses technology to save Yup’ik language

Donlin Gold is helping to underwrite a ground-breaking project that will change the way Alaska Native languages are taught and learned. The project allows users to look up and learn Yup’ik words through a website […]

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Alaska Votes debuts new voting tool

In time for the 2018 midterm and gubernatorial elections, Alaska Votes has created a new tool to make voting in Alaska elections easier than ever – AKvote.org. By enabling voters to complete the entire process […]

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Ideas win big at 10th UAF Arctic Innovation Competition

by Andrea Miller The University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Management awarded $30,000 in cash prizes after the 2018 Arctic Innovation Competition’s final presentations Saturday, Oct. 20. The competition, now in its 10th year, invites […]

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Tribal support for Ballot Measure 1 strong at AFN convention

As Alaskans gathered for the annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention to share stories and opinions, Ballot Measure 1 was a large part of the conversation. With less than a month until the election, tribal […]

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First census enumeration to take place in Toksook Bay

by the U.S. Census Bureau Today (Oct. 19, 2018) the U.S. Census Bureau announced that the first enumeration for the 2020 Census will take place in Toksook Bay, Alaska. Toksook Bay is located in the […]

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Acting on tip, Togiak officers seize illegal alcohol

A recent seizure of illegal alcohol in the Village of Togiak highlights the work of law enforcement to prevent illegal substances from hitting the streets. Last week, Togiak Tribal Police Officers (TPOs) prevented a significant […]

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CDQ Group partners with Seattle Non-Profit and Maritime Academy for Youth

by CVRF Staff Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF) is gearing up for a second year of its popular tenth-grade Ciuneq program with two sessions focused on member-community tenth-graders scheduled to take place in Seattle this […]

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REAA 2018 Election Results

The Regional Education Attendance Area elections were held on October 2nd, 2018. A Regional Educational Attendance Area (REAA) is an educational area that is established in an unorganized borough of the state. REAA elections are […]

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U.S. Dept. of Commerce invests to support job creation in Chevak

October 4, 2018, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $562,571 grant to the city of Chevak, Alaska, to support local job creation efforts. According to grantee estimates, the project […]

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2018 First Alaskans Institute Elders & Youth Conference Keynote Speakers

Our strength and connection to the land is fueled by our Ancestors. Our 2018 First Alaskans Institute (FAI) Elders & Youth Conference theme “Na Ganiyaatgm, Na Lagm” (Our Ancestors, Our Fire), speaks to the flame […]

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Coastal Villages puts Alaska’s youth to work with record-breaking participation

by CVRF Staff Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF) employed over 820 young Alaskans this summer through its popular Youth-to-Work and internship programs. This year, a record setting 806 youth ages 14-18 earned nearly $610,000 through […]

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Ballot Measure 1 hearing to be held in Bethel

Hearings on Ballot Measure 1 have been taking place all over Alaska. This is an opportunity for Alaskans to hear from each other and the Ballot Measure 1 sponsors about why they are voting YES […]

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Federal and State agencies acknowledge harmful impacts of past bird harvest prohibitions

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) formally issued an apology to Alaska Native peoples for the unintended consequences of implementation of migratory bird harvest prohibitions. […]