Joaqlin Estus, KNBA - Anchorage
Joaqlin Estus is a reporter at KNBA in Anchorage.
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.
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.
This winter’s deep snow is likely to mean fewer moose in a part of the state where moose populations were already in trouble.
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.
A wildlife conservation professor says guns don’t deter bear attacks as well as bear spray.
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.
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.
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.
House and Senate Finance Committees have begun their overviews of the budgets Governor Parnell introduced last month.
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.
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.
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.
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.
About 1,500 representatives of Alaska’s 229 federally recognized Native tribes are attending the Bureau of Indian Affairs Providers Conference in Anchorage.
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.
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.
More than 1,000 people are attending the Elders and Youth conference that started Monday at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage.
A concept based on an Alaskan program to make dental care more accessible is gaining support across the nation.
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.