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Alaska Native Language Speakers to Be Counted by New Iñupiaq Survey

The 2020 Census is not the only counting effort in Western Alaska this year. Debuting in the beginning of February, a comprehensive language survey of Iñupiat will project speaker counts and gauge attitudes of Alaska’s Iñupiaq community. KNOM’s JoJo Phillips reports on the importance of the survey as well as the coalition behind it. In…

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Newest Native Veteran Allotment Act Requires Further Implementation

Last month at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Fairbanks, Senator Dan Sullivan met with veterans from around the state. The discussion centered around newly enacted legislation that will allow Alaska Native Vietnam War veterans to receive allotments of land.  In March of 2019, President Donald Trump signed the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management,…

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Alaska’s Polar Bear Co-Management Centered in Nome

Polar Bear

Last week, the Alaska Nannut Co-Management Council (ANCC) officially opened its headquarters in Nome. The ANCC, which represents Alaska Native tribes and hunters that rely on polar bears for subsistence, was founded in 2017 by members of the public and supported by regional organizations, such as Kawerak and the North Slope Borough. The council’s board,…

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