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Apology from Gov. Walker over historical trauma highlights day one of annual AFN convention

The first day of the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage saw protests and a high-level apology. Listen now

“The Way Home”­ Healing from Historical Trauma

The impacts of Trauma on an individual are well documented and include; Depression, anxiety, substance abuse, poor attachment and bonding, and numerous other physical and emotional problems. When large groups of people collectively experience traumatic events such as genocide, oppression, or prolonged war, the impacts can devastate a community or an entire culture for generations. Monday, February 29, 2016. 2:00 p.m DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Historical Trauma

The examples most commonly associated with Historical Trauma include, Slavery, the Holocaust, and the systematic annihilation of the way of life for American Indians and Alaska Natives during and after European colonization. The impacts of Historical Trauma are inter-generational and can include; the attachment relationship with caregivers; the impact on parenting and family functioning; the association with parental physical and mental illness, and the disconnection and alienation from extended family, culture and society. Join us for a discussion on the causes, consequences, and treatment of Historical Trauma. KSKA: Monday, February 8, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. LISTEN NOW

Investigating historical trauma endured by Native Americans, Alaska Natives

An Ojibwe woman and independent journalist Mary Annette Pember recently visited Alaska for a series of stories on historical trauma and Native American mental health practices. Pember says the troubled lives of Native Americans reflect their troubled history. Download Audio

Alaska Cultural Connections: Historical Trauma

Many rural Alaskan communities are trying to revive their cultures and languages. But some mental health experts say that in order to revitalize their communities and their families, they first have to acknowledge and heal from the pains of the past. APRN’s Anne Hillman learned about historical trauma as part of an on-going series looking at Culture in Alaska. Download Audio

How Alaska schools can help students dealing with trauma

In January, the state put out a new resource designed to help schools support students who have experienced trauma. It contains 11 chapters full of stories and best practices, created with input from over 200 teachers, counselors and community members across the state.

Drawing on historical strengths to prevent problems in the future

When rural Alaska makes the headlines, the focus is often on things like suicide rates, alcohol use, and trauma. But one project in southwest Alaska shifts attention to strengths instead. Qungasvik was developed by Yup'ik people, for Yup'ik people and is proving to be an effective way to help youth in parts of southwest Alaska thrive.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

Walker remains in the race — for now; Apology from Gov. Walker over historical trauma highlights day one of annual AFN convention; Tara Sweeney returns to AFN, now representing feds; Ex juvenile official charged with possessing child pornography; Anchorage School District enters mediation with teachers union over contracts; Seward prepares for emergency declaration as flooding continues; Seismologist says earthquake may have triggered mudslide on the Haines Highway; Fairbanks commission calls for more sustainable practices; Some Board of Fish members express interest in limiting hatchery production; In small town Alaska, conflicts of interest a tricky subject Listen now

Native groups install totem pole at Gastineau Elementary, lost cemetery

The T’aaku Kwáan of Douglas Island raised a totem pole in front of an elementary school Saturday to mark the site of a disturbed graveyard. The pole symbolizes the pain of historical trauma and a need to heal. Listen now

Alaska suicide prevention

Yes, suicide rates appear to have gone up in 2015, but there are solutions. We’ll talk to researchers who have been working with communities in the YK Delta for 20 years developing prevention programs based on Yup’ik values instead of Western systems and about the effectiveness of some Western systems. We’ll also delve into both historical trauma and historical resiliency – what makes our communities and people stronger. Listen Now

Alaska News Nightly: March 24, 2015

Demonstrators protest Shell's Chukchi drilling plans at 'Wilderness Week'; Bill to seize federal land in Alaska nears vote on state house floor; House passes bill to constrain Walker's gasline plan; DOT diverts $1.3M meant for Anchorage bike infrastructure to other projects; Bairdi quota could increase again as busy season winds down; Investigating historical trauma endured by Native Americans, Alaska Natives; Rural designation process could impact Saxman's subsistence status Download Audio

Alaska Native language experts urge the state to declare a “linguistic emergency”

Native language experts are urging the state to declare a "linguistic emergency," and work with tribes to open a discussion about the endangerment of indigenous languages. Listen now

Same building, new name: Sayéik Gastineau Community School

Gastineau Community School has been renamed Sayéik Gastineau Community School. The Juneau School Board voted unanimously to add the traditional Tlingit name, which loosely translates to “spirit helper.” Listen now

AK: At Wales’ Kingikmiut Festival, dancing to heal

Last month, the community of Wales, in Western Alaska, hosted one of the biggest Alaska Native dance festivals in the state. 10 groups from around the region and as far as Anchorage flew in to the village over Labor Day weekend, to sing, dance, drum, talk — and heal. Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, May 29, 2017

Alaska reflects on Memorial Day; Bogoslof erupts again; aviation alert raised to red; Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says Denali name should remain; Teacher turnover costs state's school districts around $20M per year; Troopers identify 2 Juneau men in plane crash near Haines; Fairbanks police chief one of four officers involved in Thursday shooting; Quake prone cities on West Coast aim to improve countermeasures; Native groups install totem pole at Gastineau Elementary, lost cemetery; Digital restoration of The Drums Of Winter deepens colors, brings light to shadows; Petersburg school uses Minecraft video game in student led program Listen now

ACES: How to reshuffle when the cards are stacked against children

KSKA: Wednesday, February 1 at 2 pm and 8 p.m. New research documents the impact of stress on children's developing brains, as well as the long-term social and economic impacts. Join us for hopeful findings on how to reshuffle the cards for better outcomes. LISTEN NOW

YKHC’s Calricaraq gains national recognition and is invited to receive Honoring Nations award

Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation’s preventative services program Calricaraq is one of a chosen few to be honored at a national awards ceremony called Honoring Nations.
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Sun’aq tribe to open Alutiiq language immersion school for children

The Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak has just received a grant to begin an Alutiiq language program for preschool-aged children. Listen now

NSHC works to finalize designs for new regional treatment center

With construction estimated at $18 million, Angie Gorn says it’ll be a while before the Norton Sound Health Corporation (NSHC) can break ground on a treatment center in Nome. But with 35 percent of the building designs done, she says plans are slowly coming together for an intensive facility for those fighting addiction around the Bering Strait Region.

Participants Voice Hopes And Realities At Domestic Violence Prevention Summit

The Second Annual Prevention Summit kicked off Tuesday in Juneau. Sponsored by the stateCouncil on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, the three-day summit at Centennial Hall brings together teams from 19 communities with the goal of exchanging ideas about prevention. Download Audio