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Obama To Rename Mount Mickinley As Mount Denali

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 08.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Aug 30 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday will officially restore Denali as the name of North America's tallest mountain, endin...

13 Issues Facing Native People Beyond Mascots And Casinos

The Huffington Post | Julian Brave Noisecat | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics

Most of the recent headlines about indigenous Americans have had to do with a certain D.C. football team, or a surpassingly dumb Adam Sandler movie, ...

Dear Pebble Partnership, It's Time to Walk Away From Bristol Bay

Taryn Kiekow | Posted 07.02.2015 | Green
Taryn Kiekow

Just how many reasons does the Pebble Partnership need to stop its disastrous plans to build the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska? NRDC explored that question in a series of ads in Politico. The ads give the Pebble Partnership several compelling reasons to quit the Pebble Mine, culminating today with a simple request: walk away from Bristol Bay.

Saying Goodbye to Bobby Andrew, Defender of Bristol Bay

Joel Reynolds | Posted 06.23.2015 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Over 70 years old, and he was always willing to make the trip -- whatever the trip, wherever it took him -- to talk, to testify, to tell the terrible story of the uniquely reckless scheme by international mining giants to poison the communities and wild salmon fisheries of Alaska's Bristol Bay with a gigantic copper and gold mine.

Samantha Lachman

Justice Department Voting Rights Proposal Could Make A Huge Difference For Native Americans

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Native Americans and Alaska Natives have overcome voting barriers that prevented them from casting ballots two decades after the Indian ...

Kate Sheppard

Obama Bars Oil And Gas Development In Alaska's Bristol Bay

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- President Barack Obama announced new protections on Tuesday for Alaska's Bristol Bay, barring oil and gas development in the region. ...

Juneau, Alaska, Schools Cut 4 Controversial Native History Books From Curriculum

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 02.04.2015 | Education
Alaska Dispatch News

The Juneau School District superintendent on Thursday said he will remove four books from the fourth-grade curriculum that members of the public called into question this year, saying the controversial material distorted Native American history.

Samantha Lachman

How Native Americans And Alaska Natives Could Help Democrats Win These Key Races

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Though Native American and Alaska Native communities are often overlooked in electoral politics, their votes could decide the outcome of...

EPA Takes the Next Critical Step Toward Protecting Wild Salmon and Stopping the Massive Pebble Mine

Joel Reynolds | Posted 09.21.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Last Friday, the U.S. EPA formally proposed limitations that would block the massive, ill-conceived Pebble Mine projectThis action by EPA is a critical step toward protecting Bristol Bay's salmon from the inevitable devastation that a large-scale mine would cause.

Holder To Address 'Outrageous' Voting Access Conditions For Native Americans

AP | RACHEL D'ORO | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday his office will consult with tribes across the country to develop ways to increase...

EPA Makes the Right Move for Bristol Bay, Starts 404(c) Process on Pebble Mine

Joel Reynolds | Posted 04.30.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took the first regulatory step toward securing a healthy future for Bristol Bay. Photograph © 2014 ...

Unprecedented Coalition in Washington, D.C. Next Week Urging EPA to Protect Bristol Bay, Alaska

Joel Reynolds | Posted 04.22.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

EPA has the opportunity to protect both a unique natural resource and an economic powerhouse. It has the scientific basis, legal authority, and moral responsibility to protect Bristol Bay. And that's exactly what this diverse coalition of Alaska Natives, subsistence, commercial and sports fishermen, lodge owners, faith leaders and environmental groups will tell EPA next week.

It Isn't Getting Better For Native American Students

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics

Native American students have not shared in the recent rise in educational performance achieved by African Americans and Latinos, according to a new s...

In Remote Alaska, Kids Sell Cookies to Keep School Doors Open

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 07.14.2013 | Good News
Alaska Dispatch News

A student shortage has this year led to the closure of four schools in remote villages of Alaska -- the most in a decade -- but a handful of gutsy kid...

Alaskan Natives Launch 'Tribal Tourism' Consulting Company

AP | RACHEL D'ORO | Posted 05.06.2013 | Travel

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- An Alaska Native village corporation that operates a popular cruise ship destination has launched a commercial consulting service...

Alaska Natives Rally As Judge Considers Whether Salmon Fishing is a Religious Rite

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

About 40 people in the Western Alaska regional hub city of Bethel took an hour or two out of their day, Monday, to join in a show of resistance to gov...

Rural Alaska: Rape capital of the US

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 05.26.2013 | Crime
Alaska Dispatch News

Steubenville is a small Ohio town with a high-profile sex crime that's spawned a scandal and nationwide discussion. Two boys -- local football stars -...

VAWA Not a Victory for Alaskan Native Women

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

Native American and Alaska Native women are 2.5 times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than other American women. American women are better protected from coast to coast -- but all the way up north? Left out in the cold.

It's Time to Stop the Pebble Mine

Robert Redford | Posted 03.10.2013 | Green
Robert Redford

A long-awaited study by the Environmental Protection Agency has confirmed that the Pebble Mine -- along with its estimated 10 billion tons of mining waste -- would spell disaster for Bristol Bay, its legendary salmon runs, its pristine environment and its people.

Redistricting Leaves Alaska Legislature 'Awfully White'

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

Two Alaska Native legislators were at the peak of power during the last legislative session in Juneau. Even though they weren't serving as Senate Pre...

Yup'ik Alaskans On Trial For Violating Salmon Fishing Restrictions Claim Religious Rite

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 01.14.2013 | Religion
Alaska Dispatch News

Getting at the truth of what happened is simple: Did the men fish, or not, during a closed period? But the "why" behind the decision to fish this summer is a more complicated mesh.

Closing the Achievement Gap for Native Students

Kati Haycock | Posted 09.16.2012 | Education
Kati Haycock

While achievement has gone up for other groups of students, we are not making the same kind of progress for our American Indian and Alaska Native students.

Real Threat to Alaska Natives Isn't Oil Development -- It's a World Without Oil

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 08.22.2012 | Green
Alaska Dispatch News

When it comes to oil in the north, the time has arrived for environmentalists and Alaska Natives themselves to face the fact the gasoline that fuels the internal combustion engine long ago corrupted traditional cultural practices.

Climate Change Threatens Arctic Alaska Village's Fish Stock, Drinking Water

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 08.11.2012 | Green
Alaska Dispatch News

In a newly released report, the Center for Climate and Health at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium zeroes in on the Arctic Alaska village of Selawik, population 830, about 70 miles southeast of Kotzebue that's said to be sinking as permafrost thaws.

Education and The Colonial Frontier: The Right Place for a Native American Man?

Lance A. Twitchell | Posted 08.03.2012 | College
Lance A. Twitchell

The classroom must become a different place if we are going to move away from mono-linguistic and mono-cultural mechanisms that destroy indigenous cultures and languages.