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Kate Sheppard

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

Help Alaska Native Kids Save Their School

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 08.03.2012 | Impact
Alaska Dispatch News

A batch of soft-spoken kids from a remote Alaska village are in a race to raise money in hopes of visiting the U.S. Capitol, where they can bring attention to the plight of their school, which might soon close.

Native Americans and the Economic Termination Era

David Kimelberg | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics
David Kimelberg

History does repeat itself, but sometimes in a veiled, and often sinister, way. When market share replaces land resources, overt termination takes on more covert forms.

How A Group Of Teenagers Helped Reduce Suicide In Alaska

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 08.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Alaska Dispatch News

A region long battered by some of the nation's highest suicide rates has some welcome good news -- a drop in deaths credited in part to teenage students.

John Baker Walks Dogs Under Burled Arch in Nome to Win Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Alaska Dispatch News

Never before has an Iditarod musher labored as long for victory as Baker. He was chased to the finish line by another native son who just wouldn't say die until the very end.

Wanted: 100 Alaska Native men

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alaska Dispatch News

On a cold winter day in January, men from around Alaska journeyed to an office building in Anchorage for a meeting unlike any they'd attended in their...