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Joaqlin Estus, KNBA - Anchorage

Joaqlin Estus is a reporter at KNBA in Anchorage.

Group Says State Taking Wrong Approach For Lowering Crime Rates

The bi-partisan Indian Law and Order Commission issued a report on Tuesday saying Alaska is on the wrong track to help Alaska Natives fight crime, but the state Attorney General says the Parnell Administration is doing a good job at tackling a mammoth problem.

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November 12, 2013 - 6:31 pm

Fukushima Contamination Could Reach Alaska Waters Next Year

It’s been almost three years since a tsunami hit the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, releasing radiation into the ocean. Computer models indicate the contamination will reach Alaskan waters this year or next. But scientists haven’t been able to regularly sample Alaskan waters to check radiation levels.

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November 7, 2013 - 5:50 pm

Alaska Native Tribal Governments Keep Doors Open For Now

Alaska Native tribal governments are keeping their doors open, but worry about how long the federal government shutdown will go on.

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October 8, 2013 - 4:06 pm

Extent Of Tribal Court Authority Questioned In Minto Trial

The state has intervened in a case on the side of a man convicted of attempted murder, kidnapping, and assault of the mother of his children. At issue is the authority of a tribal court over a non-tribal member and tribal court procedures.

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September 9, 2013 - 5:42 pm

Tribal Summit On Suicide Problem Wraps Up In Anchorage

Suicide prevention was the focus of about 100 tribal representatives attending the 13th Alaska Tribal Leaders Summit in Anchorage Thursday and Friday. Alaska has the nation’s second highest suicide rate. In rural Alaska, suicide rates are four times the national average, and involve disproportionately high numbers of young Alaska Native men.

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August 26, 2013 - 5:57 pm

Alaska Dental Therapist Program Serves As Model

A mid-level dental practitioner program that got its start in Australia more than a hundred years ago then came to Alaska, is being taken up in a few dozen states across the country.

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July 29, 2013 - 5:31 pm

Bill Puts $35 Million Toward Residential Housing For ANMC

Governor Sean Parnell signed into law a bill last week that’ll put $35 million toward construction of residential housing with a sky-bridge to the Alaska Native Medical Center, a move supporters say will save the state millions of dollars a year.

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July 1, 2013 - 5:26 pm

Cook Inlet Tribal Council Enters Video Game Realm

A regional non-profit tribal organization is putting several million dollars into creating video games infused with Alaska Native values and culture. Cook Inlet Tribal Council is hoping to engage, empower, and educate young people… and to make money from what it says is the nation’s first indigenous-owned video game company.

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June 26, 2013 - 5:03 pm

ANSEP Program Garners Awards, Recognition

A University of Alaska program is winning awards and recognition for its success in preparing students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

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June 24, 2013 - 5:09 pm

Native Corporation 8A Contracting Declines

Alaska Native corporations say they’re feeling the impacts of Congressional scrutiny and new rules for federal contracts. Previously the corporations, Native American tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations could enter noncompetitive federal contracts of any amount, and the corporations were getting contracts in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

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June 13, 2013 - 4:35 pm

Alaska’s Cultural Connections: Plant Medicine

Recently, a group of more than 70 elders took a bus about an hour southeast of Anchorage as part of the Southcentral Foundation’s Elders program. They were gathering and learning about the healing properties of plants. Joaqlin Estus has the latest story in our on-going series looking at culture in Alaska.

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June 10, 2013 - 5:25 pm

Type 2 Diabetes Rates Tripled Nationwide Since 1990

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports Type 2 diabetes rates across the nation tripled between 1990 and 2010, and rates among Native Americans are more than twice – almost three times — those of Caucasians. But demonstration projects for American Indians and Alaska Natives show there are ways to prevent or delay onset of the disease.

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May 28, 2013 - 5:43 pm

Report Shows Mineral Values Tripling Since 2001

A state report shows the value of minerals produced in Alaska more than tripled between 2001 and 2011. Mining industry wages have also surged as employers seek skilled workers.

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May 16, 2013 - 5:32 pm

Long-Term Unemployment Benefits To Experience Cuts

As federal agencies are beginning to furlough employees because of sequestration, the long-term unemployed in Alaska are about to see a reduction in their unemployment benefits.

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May 14, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Southcentral Experiencing Chilly Spring

It’s a chilly spring in the Anchorage area. National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Burling says temperatures in recent days have been just a few degrees below normal, but that comes after a winter and early spring with lower temperatures than usual.

May 13, 2013 - 2:52 pm
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Anchorage Co-op Combining Ancient Qayaq Design With Education

An Anchorage-based co-op is raising money to begin after-school training that combines ancient techniques of qayaq design with education.

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April 26, 2013 - 5:20 pm

Panel Discusses Alaska Tribal Courts

A panel of experts met last night at the University of Alaska Justice Center to discuss Tribal Courts in Alaska.

March 28, 2013 - 5:24 pm

Sequester Expected To Impact 8a Contracts

Across-the-board federal budget cuts are coming, half from the Department of Defense budget; the other half to other federal agency budgets.

March 4, 2013 - 5:36 pm

Rising Number Of Alaskans Predicted To Be Affected By Future Flooding

Studies by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Government Accounting Office show increasing numbers of Alaskans will be affected by floods and erosion in coming years due to rising waters and extreme weather events. And the studies predict some communities are likely to be destroyed by 2017.

February 26, 2013 - 5:16 pm

Program Researching Chukchi Sea’s Biological Productivity

An environmental research program with a long history of working in Alaska is breaking new ground by partnering with state universities to find out why an area in the Chukchi Sea is so biologically productive.

February 4, 2013 - 5:22 pm