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A Very KNOM Christmas

Christmas Decorations in Nome

The Christmas season starts earlier and earlier every year, but in media it starts way before anyone has even begun to think about their Thanksgiving menus. At KNOM, it’s been Christmas since the middle of November. Because we program our days two weeks in advance, we’ve been integrating Christmas music and specialty programming into our…

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Story49: MaryJane Litchard

The December episode of Story49 features MaryJane Litchard of Nome, Alaska. MaryJane’s story is told in two acts: “MaryJane Meets John F. Kennedy” and “MaryJane’s Gift.” Listen to MaryJane describe meeting President Kennedy and the day she learned of his death in Act 1. In Act 2, MaryJane tells a series of stories involving her…

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Story49: Stephen Blanchett

In November, Story49 featured Stephen Blanchett of Bethel, Alaska. Stephen is a founding member of the band Pamyua. In this episode, Stephen discusses his musical inspirations and gives advice to aspiring artists and musicians.   http://knom.org/wp-audio/2013/11/2013-11-17-Story49-StephenBlanchett.mp3

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Story49: Marjorie Tahbone

In October, Story49 featured Marjorie Tahbone of Nome, Alaska. Marjorie shares her story about studying abroad in Nunavut, winning Miss Indian World, and her decision to get a facial tattoo.   http://knom.org/wp-audio/2013/10/2013-10-20-knom-Story49-MarjorieTahbone.mp3

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Nome for the Holidays

“What Nome lacks in decoration,” Emily says, “it makes up for in spirit.” She, and all our volunteers, thank the many people who are making this holiday season special.

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Training for Marathon Winters

At the Top of the World (or at least Anvil Mountain)

I talk to my parents every week, which is way more often than I did in college. When I was in school, my parents basically knew where I was and what I was doing, because they too went to university in the Midwest for their liberal arts educations and were gloriously open-minded about college activities.…

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Sounding Board: The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

The US Supreme Court

This Thursday on Sounding Board (November 21, 2013 at 10am), we’re talking about the Indian Child Welfare Act. Earlier this year, the US Supreme Court ruled that several sections of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) did not apply to the case of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, more commonly known as the Baby Veronica…

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Laughter and Respect

With Moses Wassilie at the AFN Art Fair

“It was inspiring to be surrounded by so many reflective, positive people,” Emily says about the 2013 Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Fairbanks.

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AFN: Day 2

Speakers presented throughout the day on a variety of topics, including suicide prevention, subsistence rights, and respect for youth and elders. The Akula Elitnaurvik, Kuugmuit, Di’haii Gwich’in, Stebbins, Wooshi.ji.een, Tikigak, and Tanacross dance groups performed at Quyana night with much audience participation.

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AFN: Day 1

AFN Morning Assembly (2013)

People from across the state of Alaska assemble for the 2013 AFN conference – after a night out for Rock the Native Vote in Fairbanks.

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