Alaska Natives

Sitkalidik bison herd helps to feed Old Harbor

In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis and the threat of food shortages, “sustainability” and “food security” are no longer just buzzwords to communities across Alaska. And some look to Old Harbor for answers. Old Harbor is a community tucked away in the rugged wilderness on the southeast side of Kodiak Island. It started its journey towards sustainability with hoop …

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Returning to roots: Indian Health Service seeks traditional healers

By SYDNEY AKRIDGE (KAISER HEALTH NEWS) Students in Cheryl Morales’ ethnobotany class at Aaniiih Nakoda College add moisture to the soil to achieve ideal conditions for transplanting. (Photo courtesy Skylar Rispen/Native News) Cheryl Morales started the medicinal garden at the Aaniiih Nakoda College demonstration farm with only four plants: yarrow, echinacea, plantain and licorice root. After 10 years, the campus garden …

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What Alaskans learned from ‘the mother of all pandemics’

The so-called Spanish flu in 1918-1919 killed more than half of adults and Elders in villages across Alaska. Here, two orphans who survived the pandemic are near Bristol Bay. (Photo courtesy of the Alaska State Archives via Kathryn Ringsmuth and the Alaska Packers Association) By PABLO ARAUZ PEÑA (KTOO-JUNEAU) It’s October 1918 in Juneau, and the future of Alaska depends on …

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Alutiiq Museum wants to convert old family photos to digital, will visit villages to document Alutiiq life and culture

  Most of us have them. Dusty old boxes, totes, hard-drives, shoeboxes of photos, many containing people we can’t even identify. Yet, there seems to be an urge to hang on to the past, to that connection to family and old friends, even if we don’t know who they are. KMXT’s Maggie Wall has this report on an effort by …

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Dr. Bob Johnson honored by Alaska Legislature for “a life well lived”

  The Alaska Legislature honored Kodiak’s Dr. Bob Johnson with a memorial citation to recognize his life’s work as a doctor, and as a supporter of the arts and humanities. The citation was passed by the legislature on Friday, according to Senator Gary Steven’s office. Johnson, known best as Dr. Bob, passed away on January 31. A. Holmes Johnson, Dr. …

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BLM to visit 17(b) Easements in Chiniak Tuesday in effort to solve conflicts over access to public land

  Representatives from the Bureau of Land Management are in Kodiak today learning more about the concerns of local residents who are frustrated with the closure of trails and access in Chiniak. KMXT’s Maggie Wall attended an information meeting on 17(b) Easements and has this report.  Click arrow to listen or continue below to read.   The BLM’s Tom Sparks …

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Alutiiq Museum launches Arts Advocacy Project to support Native artists

Marlise Lee photographs Baby Raven, a mask by Alutiiq artist Jerry Laktonen. (Photo courtesy the Alutiiq Museum) The Alutiiq Museum is launching a new Arts Advocacy Project to support Native artists in Kodiak. The project comes from a nearly $19,000 grant from the Alaska Community Foundation’s Alaska Native Social Justice Fund. The idea, says Gallery Coordinator Marlise Lee, is to …

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‘Healthy Kodiak’ focuses on how to keep our families strong

Experts on health and on how culture and families affect one’s health will gather on Wednesday for this year’s Heathy Kodiak, which is an all-day event held at the Afognak Center on Near Island. The program is free and open to the public. It begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs through 4:30, with lunch provided. The focus for this year’s …

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