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A Day at Camp in Solomon

The week-long, 2019 Solomon Youth and Elder Camp serves as a backdrop for an Alaska Native community’s continued quest of reclaiming their status as a city. Infrastructure issues and environmental concerns remain obstacles, but Solomon’s leaders believe answers can be found by turning towards their youngest generation. KNOM joins campers and staff on one of the last days of the camp.

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‘No Regrets’

Man in Army uniform holds photo in front of American flag and wood-paneled wall

Paul Simon Bekoalok of Shaktoolik served 28 years with the Alaska Army National Guard, including multiple tours in Kuwait and Iraq. He was honorably discharged in 2009 after injuries suffered overseas. He has no regrets, he says.

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New Bering Sea Management Plan to Incorporate Local and Traditional Knowledge

Silhouettes of seabirds flying above an ocean at sunset.

For the first time in its more-than-forty-year history, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) will incorporate Traditional Knowledge from local communities into its core management plans for the Bering Sea region. Many believe that will help the council better manage the complex ecosystem and bring new light to regional issues — such as the changing climate.

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Nome Inupiaq School Aims for 2020 Launch

Marjorie Tahbone, the vice chair of Inuusiq, Inc., teaching an Inupiaq class at the Nome high school.

Bilingual schools for early child learning have long been a priority of those pushing for Alaska Native language revitalization. As debates over public education funding rage across the state, privately-funded learning initiatives — such as an Inupiaq immersion school in Nome — push forward with their plans.

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