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Veterinarians, including Pam Tuomi from the Alaska SeaLife Center and Bob Gerlach with the State of Alaska, performed a necropsy on a ringed seal on the UAA campus on Oct. 24, 2011. Read the full story.

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Young Alaska Natives hit hard by suicide, sometimes speaking through choked voices and tears, told a field hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee that youth are key to reducing the decades-old epidemic among Alaska Natives and American Indians.

At the same hearing today, top officials involved in suicide prevention at the state and federal levels told hearing organizer U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, that not enough is being done to address the towering problem...

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Rural Alaska Hub , a web page that’s already live, is a way to keep in better touch with the Bush, Mark Begich announced at the Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention Saturday.

The site, of course, touts his record on rural issues, such as avoiding post office closures and upgrades to the Indian Health Care Improvement Act ...

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The run-off campaign for the North Slope Borough mayor's seat has reopened an old rivalry between two of the region's most powerful whaling families and questions of corruption that hang over the spouses of both candidates.

George Ahmaogak and Charlotte Brower hope to steer the politically powerful and mineral-rich borough into a new era, both on land and in the icy waters offshore, where whalers pursue bowheads every fall and spring.

Integrity is a major platform for both candidates...

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As Native regional corporations face increasing scrutiny for the lucrative benefits they receive under a federal contracting program, compensation at some of those corporations continue to rise -- but not as much as some critics may think.

Seven top executives, including five with a single regional corporation, earned more than $1 million in salaries, bonuses and other benefits in 2010 -- an amount that's surely jaw-dropping for many Alaskans, who pocketed $41,000 in per capita income last year...

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As the Alaska Federation of Natives convention kicks off in Anchorage, a federal agency announced Thursday it will release millions of dollars to improve public health in rural Alaska...

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One of the state's most successful Native corporations has inked a deal with NovaGold in a step toward exploring and developing what's believed to be a rich mining prospect in Northwest Alaska, according to a news report from the The Canadian Press ...

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Don’t expect a direct answer if you ask Elaine Abraham her age. More important, after all, is what she’s done with her years.

"I feel like I've lived several lives,” she said, while coyly suggesting she’s in her 70s. “When I was younger in Yakutat, we lived according to the seasons, and that was such a fun time. In the spring we went with our parents and hunted seal."

She became the first Tlingit nurse decades ago, and she’s still working tirelessly, chairing the Alaska Native Science Commission, a group that seeks to educate Western scientists about the value of traditional knowledge...

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More than 1,300 Alaska Natives from dozens of villages gathered in Anchorage for the three-day Elders and Youth Conference that ended today, an annual event that seeks to ground Native youth in traditional culture as they look toward the future.

The theme of this year's conference at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center was " Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, Preparing for the Future."

The three keynote speakers at the event all focused on one part of that theme...

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One benefit of being the named plaintiff in a landmark case that drags on like, forever?

People eventually learn to pronounce your name. That's no easy feat if your last name is Kasuyulie and you're from a remote Southwest Alaska village.

But that's indeed what's happened to Willie Kasayulie and his wife, Sophie, from Akiachak. Their last name, for the record, is pronounced Kuh-sie-lee. Ask Willie, and he'll tell you the name comes from kasuk , the Yup'ik word for eating raw food...

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