“Language is larger than just the language itself — its culture, its connectedness to community and its willingness to also be part of that community,” Ukallaysaaq Okleasik with Northwest Planning said.

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Elder Wisdom spots, derived from episodes of the longer form Elder Voices program, package important life lessons in accessible, bite-sized portions. Through oral tradition, Elders pass on the knowledge and values of their cultures. The spots have been very popular on social media and shared widely.

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Listening requires humility.  In the cultures of Western Alaska, people take time to listen: not speaking over another, not planning the next sentence while the other person speaks. That kind of selfless listening requires humility. Fully taking in what someone has to say honors the other person and opens the door for honest sharing. On…

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With a local and cultural context, Megan Onders of Nome sparked conversation about the ocean ecosystem, concerns and subsistence over the airwaves. Onders, who works at the Alaska Ocean Observing System, invites guests to share their expertise during the weekly Ocean Knowledge program. The show aims to provide inspiration and tools for people to become more engaged in ocean stewardship.

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In a new effort to revitalize their Alaska Native language skills, a group of women are using every tool available to them. After starting with PSAs, lessons and practice sessions, the Iñupiaq Language Group now also use radio spots to learn and teach Iñupiaq.

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“We have the same voting rights. Our one vote count has the same power as a six-figure executive in Anchorage. If we could all harness the power of our one vote, it is a great equalizer,” Michelle Spark said.

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In recent years, the salmon count in Western Alaska has changed a great deal. This summer and last, there was no subsistence fishery on the Yukon river. Locals have spoken out about the decimation of a primary traditional food source. At the same time, Bristol Bay has seen record numbers of sockeye salmon runs for…

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