Hattie Keller, the newly appointed Inupiaq Director for Kawerak, says they have hired two staff members to teach a group of young children at Shishmaref’s language nest.
From mysterious lights to magical animal skins, a new project has collected stories, beliefs, and cultural snapshots from the Bering Strait region, all relating to the supernatural. It’ll be the subject of a book expected for 2019.
After threatened federal budget cuts, it’s an uncertain future for the Alaska Sea Grant and the Marine Advisory Program, whose sole representative in Nome is Gay Sheffield.
The goal of the IMO’s Polar Code is to “provide for safe ship operation and the protection of the polar environment.” Kawerak’s marine advocate, Austin Ahmasuk, emphasized that “the Polar Code doesn’t make the Arctic absolutely risk free, but it is a gigantic step forward to address the demands that are placed upon ships in polar waters…”
The US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) sent a team to Nome last week to evaluate economic strategies for the Bering Strait Region.
Before tonight’s regular meeting of the Nome Common Council at 7:00pm, a work session will be held to discuss a potential low income housing project in Nome. By the end of the regular meeting, Mayor Beneville is expected to appoint Raeshawndra C. Jett to the planning commission.
“We just evaluated it (Rock Creek Mine) and decided that in the near term, the best move for Bering Straits was to reclaim the land and get the mine back to a stable environment,” Dan Graham said of BSNC and its subsidiary, Alaska Gold Company, which reclaimed the Rock Creek Mine site.
Victor Karmun and Greta Schuerch started their terms on the National Park Monument Subsistence Resource Commissions on October 26th. Ronald Huffman will begin his new term on the Alaska Veterans Advisory Council on November 10th.
A panel of representatives from Arctic indigenous communities will address the International Maritime Organization in London on Wednesday afternoon.
“I think that there’s actually a great deal of cooperation between Russia and Alaska or Chukotka and Alaska that we’re often not aware of,” The Executive Director of The Institute of the North, Nils Andreassen remarked.