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AFN Convention speakers lament recent village suicides

...years old, formed when Alaska was a young state and indigenous land rights were at stake. Mallott noted that if Native leaders had not acted then to retain their lands, the opportunity might not have come again."We all knew that we were...

...Diomede Island, only a few miles from Russia. The community of 120 harvested one walrus in 2014, prompting city and Native leaders to seek assistance from the state.This year, 10 walrus were harvested, according to Diomede hunter Robert Soolook...
Alaska becomes 3rd state with legal marijuana

...lawmakers and regulators to sort out.Meanwhile, Alaska Native leaders worry that legalization will bring new temptations...doors to drug abuse.Initiative backers promised Native leaders that communities could still have local control under...
Voices of Alaska: Don't blame oil tax reform for budget deficit

...deficit today is a result of low oil prices, low oil production and overspending, not oil tax reform.A group of Native leaders, unions, businessmen and thousands of Alaskans who care deeply about Alaska's long-term economic future led...
Voters approve ballot initiatives on marijuana, minimum wage, Bristol Bay mining

...marijuana, hurt children susceptible to mass marketing and run up social costs for damage done to families.Alaska Native leaders, municipalities and law enforcement officials opposed the measure.Pot is already legal in small quantities in users...
Sullivan holds election day lead over Begich

...the 1990s, touted his family's ties to Alaska. His wife is from here and his mother-in-law has been an Alaska Native leader. He also noted his work on energy and national security issues and efforts to combat sexual assault and domestic violence...

...voters need to know that the Division of Elections is committed to ballot access. We will continue to work with Alaska Native leaders and others to improve, and I view today's decision as an opportunity to expand our efforts," Treadwell said.
We can reap benefits from state elders' knowledge if we listen when an elder or a state leader passes. Such an occurrence took place earlier this month with the death of Native leader Don Wright, who was a prominent figure both in state politics and Native affairs for more than half of his 84 years...
Tribal leaders welcome Holder's voting access plan

...said. Neither should they "impede the rights to which we are all entitled," he said.American Indian and Alaska Native leaders attending the conference welcomed the announcement."I think anything that involves tribes and tribal authority...
Concerns raised about marijuana law

...Alaska Municipal League.North Slope Borough Assemblyman Forrest Olemaun told KUAC that opposition by him and other Native leaders stems from the damage substance abuse has inflicted on indigenous people over the years. He worries legalized pot...


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