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Joaqlin Estus, KNBA - Anchorage

Joaqlin Estus is a reporter at KNBA in Anchorage.

Alaska Native Leaders Address FASD

Alaska Native leaders from across Alaska were in Anchorage last week for a conference to address Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. They heard from birth mothers, young adults affected with FASD, and a number of people working to end the nation’s leading preventable birth defect.

March 26, 2012 - 5:34 pm

Alaska Native Leader Niles Cesar Passes Away

A leader in moving tribes to greater self-determination died over the weekend. A Tlingit Indian from Juneau, Niles Cesar served twenty years in the Medical Service Corps, including a year in Vietnam. He retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant then completed a B.S. degree in environmental health.

March 20, 2012 - 5:24 pm

Deep Snow Could Mean Trouble For Moose Populations

This winter’s deep snow is likely to mean fewer moose in a part of the state where moose populations were already in trouble.

March 16, 2012 - 5:32 pm

Presbyterian Leaders Issue Apology To Gambell Residents

Last week, national and regional Presbyterian leaders traveled to the village of Gambell for a two-day reconciliation ceremony on St. Lawrence Island, which is located about 165 miles northwest of Nome in the Bering Sea.

March 15, 2012 - 5:16 pm

Conservation Professor Says Bear Spray More Effective Than Guns

A wildlife conservation professor says guns don’t deter bear attacks as well as bear spray.

March 8, 2012 - 5:13 pm

Tlingit Master Artist Mabel Pike Passes Away

Tlingit Master Artist and Elder Mabel Pike has passed away. Pike was born in Douglas and spent her early years in Juneau. She and her husband Joe lived in Tanana and Bethel in the 1960s before moving to Anchorage, where she soon became active in Native community activities. Her son Jan See says she’s perhaps best known for her beadwork and as a teacher.

March 6, 2012 - 5:21 pm

Lack of Rural Veterinary Care Addressed In Legislature

The lack of veterinary care in rural Alaska is a public health issue, but the solution isn’t to lower standards for veterinarians. That was the message the House Labor and Commerce committee heard earlier this week on House Bill 251.

February 24, 2012 - 4:42 pm

Friday the Supreme Court of Alaska found in favor of Cook Inlet Region, Incorporated and Nabors Alaska Services Corporation in a fraud case that’s expected to bring the two entities an award of more than $20 million.

February 13, 2012 - 9:56 am

Birth Defect Rate Lowering In Alaska

January is National Birth Defect Prevention month. For Alaskans, the good news is that the rate of birth defects is going down. The bad news is that in 2008, Alaska’s rate of birth defects was twice the rate for all Americans. And the rate of birth defects among Alaska Native infants is even higher.

January 27, 2012 - 5:49 pm

Committees Begin Overview Of Budgets

House and Senate Finance Committees have begun their overviews of the budgets Governor Parnell introduced last month.

January 25, 2012 - 5:41 pm

Subsistence Board To Review Rural, Non-Rural Status Decision Process

The Federal Subsistence Board last week voted to review the process for deciding a community’s rural or non-rural status, which determines eligibility for subsistence priority on federal lands.

January 24, 2012 - 7:03 pm

Storms Knock Out Power For 38 Northern Alaska Homes

Storms have knocked out power in a few northern communities. 22 homes are without power in Nuiqsut, and 16 in Atqasuk. Emergency responders have opened a shelter in Atqasuk.

December 5, 2011 - 6:16 pm

Newtok Prepares to Move Residents to New Site

In 2006, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicted that in 10-15 years, the village of Newtok would be lost to erosion. Villagers were concerned about erosion as early as the 1980s and started the process of relocating despite a projected cost of $80-125 million.

December 5, 2011 - 6:11 pm

Alaska Natives Voice Concern Over National Tribal Consultation Policy

A 2000 executive order directs federal agencies to consult with tribes on actions affecting them, and in 2009, President Obama directed federal agencies to work out how to carry that out.

November 30, 2011 - 5:33 pm

1,500 Alaska Natives Attending BIA Providers Conference

About 1,500 representatives of Alaska’s 229 federally recognized Native tribes are attending the Bureau of Indian Affairs Providers Conference in Anchorage.

November 30, 2011 - 10:47 am

Court Rules in Favor of Tribes in Child Support Case

A Superior Court judge in Juneau ruled in favor of Southeast tribes last week in a case over whether the state has to honor tribal court orders on child support.

October 31, 2011 - 5:13 pm

Murkowski Holds Suicide Prevention Hearing

At the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage Saturday afternoon, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski held a hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on suicide prevention.

October 24, 2011 - 5:06 pm

Over 1,000 Attending Elders and Youth Conference

More than 1,000 people are attending the Elders and Youth conference that started Monday at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage.

October 17, 2011 - 5:28 pm

Poll Finds Support for Mid Level Dental Providers

A concept based on an Alaskan program to make dental care more accessible is gaining support across the nation.

October 5, 2011 - 9:39 pm

Diabetes Program Shows Success

Diabetes is epidemic among Native Americans and rates have continued to increase since the 1960s. At the National Indian Health Board annual conference in Anchorage last week, participants discussed ways to convince Congress to keep the Special Diabetes Program for Indians going, in an era of tight federal budgets.

October 3, 2011 - 5:49 pm