Alaska News Nightly: October 24, 2013

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Julie Kitka On Tribal-Federal Relations

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

The Alaska Federation of Natives Convention got underway this morning in Fairbanks. The keynote speaker today was Nelson Angapak, retired as Senior Vice President of AFN. He urged young people to work hard to achieve success, to listen to their elders and for Native people to come together to confront big challenges like threats to subsistence and federal cuts to programs.

Subsistence Tops AFN Attendees’ Priorities

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

The theme at AFN this year is Traditional Native Family Values. KUAC’s Emily Schwing was at the convention Thursday morning and found out the Native value of subsistence is very much on attendees minds.

Shishmaref To Remain Dry

The Associated Press

The residents of the village of Shishmaref appear to have voted to remain a dry community.

Anchorage Prioritizes Federal Grants For Affordable Housing

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

It costs more than $1,000 to rent a one bedroom apartment in Anchorage according to the most recent rental survey by the Alaska Housing Finance corporation. That number has convinced the city to make affordable housing the main priority in its 2014 Housing and Development Plan. That means money that used to go to social services agencies that serve the poor and homeless will be redirected to projects to help lower rental prices in the city.

Haines Hunting Guide Sentenced After International Investigation

Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS – Haines

A multi-year, international investigation into illegal bear and goat hunts has resulted in the sentencing of a longtime big game guide from Haines.

Tribal Courts May Get More Power In Alcohol, Domestic Violence Cases

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

Governor Sean Parnell announced at AFN today that he’s preparing to launch demonstration projects to allow tribal courts to process more alcohol and domestic violence cases. He said tribes “can often provide local, culturally relevant justice services.”

Jerry Isaac is President of the Tanana Chiefs Conference, which has one of the most active tribal court systems in the state. APRN’s Lori Townsend asked for his reaction to Governor Parnell’s announcement:

Petersburg Named Best Yachting Town

Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK – Petersburg

A national magazine has named the southeast fishing community of Petersburg as its best yachting town for 2013.