Jennifer Canfield, KTOO - Juneau

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Jennifer Canfield is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

In this final installment of a five-part series, Kyle Wark talks about the meaning of using his Native name online and how people are sometimes hesitant to speak it for fear of mispronouncing it. Download Audio

Acknowledging this generational trauma of not being allowed to speak your Native tongue is what led Shyanne Chulyin Ch’ivaya Beatty to study Han Hwech’in, the language of her ancestors. In this fourth installment of a five-part series, Beatty talks about reclaiming identity through the use of Native names. Download Audio

In this third installment of a five-part series, Yéil Yádi Olson talks about why he thinks more people should start using their Native names. Download Audio

Cordelia Qiġnaaq Kellie started using her Iñupiaq name at work a few years ago for practical reasons. In this second installment of a five-part series, Kellie talks about what her Native name tells people about her. Download Audio

Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson, however, has been using her Yup’ik name professionally for about 20 years. In this first installment of a five-part series on Alaska Native names, Davidson talked about the importance of her name as it relates to her role in Alaska’s state government. Download Audio

Under new federal guidance, it will be easier for potential Alaska Native and Native American parents to adopt Native children in state custody. Download Audio

The family of a former Juneau man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Department of Corrections. It’s the second wrongful death lawsuit filed against the department this year. Download Audio
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The Crown Princess cruise ship arrived unexpectedly in Juneau on Sunday. The ship was scheduled to arrive on Tuesday. Kirby Day, manager of port operations for the Holland America Group, said operations in Vancouver -- where the ship’s journey began -- were slower than usual. Download Audio

More than a hundred people gathered Saturday at the Alaska Commercial Fishermen’s Memorial Saturday for the Blessing of the Fleet and to pay tribute to the people whose names are engraved on the memorial. Download Audio
Gov. Bill Walker, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, and Tlngit Haida Central Council President Richard Peterson at council assembly April 17. Mallott received a lifetime achievement award. (Creative Commons photo courtesy Alaska Governor’s Office)

The State of Alaska must recognize and enforce the Tlingit-Haida Central Council’s child support orders, according to a state Supreme Court decision issued Friday. That’s something the Walker administration chose to do when it signed an agreement with the Central Council earlier this month. The state Supreme Court decision makes that agreement legally binding regardless of any administration change. Download Audio

A Juneau chef has once again been nominated for one of the food world’s highest honors. Beau Schooler, chef at the Rookery Café in downtown Juneau, is one of 30 named by the James Beard Foundation as a semifinalist for Rising Star Chef of the Year.

Set in a fictional Tlingit village in the late 19th century, “Our Voices Will Be Heard” is Vera Starbard’s semi-autobiographical story of a mother whose daughter is sexually abused by a relative. The show premiered Friday at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau and will play in Anchorage in February. Download Audio

The husband of the former Juneau woman who went missing on New Year’s Day has been charged with murder, according to the Anchorage Police Department.

Juneau Police Department communications manager Erann Kalwara confirmed that injuries were discovered on Mayor Greg Fisk’s body. She couldn’t share the details about the nature of the injuries. Download Audio

Juneau’s newly elected mayor was found dead in his home Monday afternoon. Greg Fisk was 70-years-old.

Juneau police have confirmed that Mayor Greg Fisk was found dead at his home on Monday afternoon.

Anthony Choquette’s brother-in-law said the family did everything they could to help him before he committed suicide last month at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage. Download Audio

Charges against three Southeast subsistence fishermen — including former Sen. Albert Kookesh — have once again been dismissed. Download Audio

Anthony Choquette’s brother-in-law said the family did everything they could to help him before he committed suicide last month at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage. Download Audio

It started as a rumor. Democratic lawmakers and some education advocates have heard about it. That there are new ideas for changing how the state pays for education isn’t a surprise. That this cost-saving proposal could close 60 schools across the state is. Download Audio