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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

New Anchorage facility designed to support new, collaborative methods for responding to sexual violence

For years now, law enforcement and non-profits in Anchorage have been collaborating increasingly closely on measures that put the needs of victims and survivors at the center of how the state responds to sexual assaults.

ACLU prepared to sue Nome over mishandling a reported rape

The civil rights group alleges that Nome police failed to properly handle the reported rape of former Nome Police dispatcher Clarice “Bun” Hardy in 2017.

Attorney General Barr says ‘very basics of public safety are lacking in the villages’

The visit to Western Alaska continues Barr's tour of the state, meeting with public officials and Alaska Native leaders to discuss public safety, the lack of law enforcement in rural communities and how the federal government can help.

Why February 19, a ‘Day of Remembrance,’ matters to so many

An event on February 19, 1942 changed the course of many lives; the U.S. struggled from a devastating attack by Japanese forces at Pearl Harbor in December of 1941. Just two months later, the U.S. President authorized the military to relocate those of Japanese ancestry away from the West Coast. Hundreds of Aleuts were also moved. Thanks for listening!

AK: For Tlingit-Unangax artist Nicholas Galanin, first retrospective a lifetime in the making

Nicholas Galanin strives to create fearlessly. The Tlingit artist works in multiple mediums from his home in Sitka, and has made a name for himself in the indigenous art world. Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, May 29, 2018

After courting potential business partners, Walker's Opportunity Alaska group prepares to depart from China; Alaska Healy Lake tribal leader killed; suspect in custody; Lt. Gov. Mallott views growth in energy sector as Alaska’s future; Number of complaints against South Peninsula Hospital dept. manager grows; Alaska National Guard hopes to increase number of Alaska Native soldiers; Petersburg celebrates Memorial Day weekend derby-free; Drawing on historical strengths to prevent problems in the future Listen now

Does Sitka’s Baranov statue impress or oppress?

The statue of Alexander Baranov was erected to honor the role of commerce in Sitka’s past, but for many, Baranov and the Russian-American Company are synonymous with colonization and the systematic oppression of Alaska Natives. Listen now

AK: Various looks at the controversial Alaska Day

The holidays are a time of tradition, but also reflection for why we celebrate the way we do. And in Sitka, no holiday is as much of a lightning rod for cultural debate as Alaska Day. Listen now

‘Hold These Truths’ tells story of WWII, presents lessons for today

The newest Perseverance Theater production tells the story of one man's fight for his constitutional rights as he defied the Japanese-American imprisonment during World War II while offering up relevant lessons for today. Listen now

‘Assimilation’ playwright flips the script on Native history

In a dystopian future, Western civilization has crumbled and indigenous people are in control. That’s the premise of Jack Dalton’s play “Assimilation,” now touring Alaska. It flips the history of boarding schools with whites violently assimilated into Native culture. Download Audio

‘Assimilation’ playwright flips the script on Native history

In a dystopian future, Western civilization has crumbled and indigenous people are in control. That’s the premise of Jack Dalton’s play “Assimilation,” now touring Alaska. It flips the history of boarding schools with whites violently assimilated into Native culture. Download Audio

Decision due soon on ‘distorted’ school texts depicting Native tragedies

The Juneau School District will decide next week if four controversial texts will remain part of the elementary school curriculum. Members and organizations of Juneau’s Alaska Native community raised concerns about texts depicting Alaska Native and Native American experiences, like boarding schools and the Trail of Tears. A cultural specialist calls the texts “inaccurate” and “distorted,” and a school district committee voted to remove the books from the classroom. Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: April 11, 2013

Scientists Study Peculiar Arctic Sea Ice Cracking Pattern; Measure Changing School District Health Plans Speeding Through Legislature; Alaska’s Senators Fail To Block Gun Debate; Finance Committee Releases Version Of Oil Tax Overhaul; Kobuk 440 Kicks Off In Kotzebue; State, Feds Continue Sparring Over Wildlife Policies; Yukon-Charley Wolf Population Drops By 50 Percent Since Last Fall; Palmer Farmhouse Added To National Register Of Historic Places; Particulate Pollution Plan Will Likely Include Burn Bans; Senate Approves Creation Of A ‘Silver Alert’ System; Galena Lays Groundwork For Biomass Project Download Audio

H.O.P.E. for the Future: Helping Our People Engage to Protect Our Youth

Research has shown that colonization is one of the single largest factors driving the abnormally high suicide rates within an Indigenous population. Therefore, in order to fully engage in the battle against suicide in Alaska Native communities it is crucial to ask a couple questions: Just what is colonization? And how has the colonization of Alaska impacted Alaska Native populations historically and in the current time? I will attempt to answer parts of these questions through sharing with you part of my story, how I am here before you today. Read more.

Alaska News Nightly: October 24, 2011

High Tech Maps Help Assess Potential LNG Pipeline Routes, Alaska Native, Environmental Groups Challenging Shell Air Permits, Omnibus Lands Bill Could Include Sealaska Measure, Alaska Survival Files Suit Over Susitna-Matanuska Area Plan, Murkowski Holds Suicide Prevention Hearing, The Last Yellow Flag, Richardson Roadhouse Quietly Disappears, Coast Guard Reality Show to Debut November 9

Alaska News Nightly: July 21, 2011

Glacial Outburst Floods Mendenhall Lake, River, Emergency Towing System Tried on Cruise Ship, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Launches, New Law Banning Synthetic Marijuana Goes Into Effect, and more...

Alaska News Nightly: May 16, 2011

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