Jennifer Canfield, KTOO - 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
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
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
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
Juneau’s newly elected mayor was found dead in his home Monday afternoon. Greg Fisk was 70-years-old.
Charges against three Southeast subsistence fishermen — including former Sen. Albert Kookesh — have once again been dismissed. 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