Efforts to remove barriers for relatives or tribal members hoping to adopt Alaska Native foster children are a move toward stronger state-tribal relations and signal a willingness by the Walker administration to seek solutions to long-running court disputes.
The regulation, issued Wednesday, comes in response to concerns that current state requirements pose barriers to Native families seeking to adopt, particularly those in remote settings with limited access to state courts.Alex DeMarban
In state Supreme Court case, a trio of Southeast fishermen including former state Sen. Albert Kookesh argue that subsistence fishermen need public input before harvest limits are set. A state attorney says that hunting and fishing permits across the state could be affected by the court's ruling. Alex DeMarban
Alaska leaders continued to pressure U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at an event in Northwest Alaska on Tuesday, with U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski saying budget oversight of the Interior Department is just one tool she has to assert more control over the agency.Alex DeMarban
An upcoming winter board retreat for the Alaska Federation of Natives will feature a host of political leaders from Alaska, many drawn to the event by the presence of U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.Alex DeMarban,Nathaniel Herz
In addition to the Senate and gubernatorial endorsements, the Alaska Federation of Natives approved a packet of 50 other resolutions that include opposition to Ballot Measure 2, support for tribal co-management of subsistence, and a push for more education funding for all kids.Lisa Demer
After a summer when subsistence fishing was shut down for critical spells along both the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers, the Obama administration has agreed to experiment with managing next year’s Kuskokwim salmon runs jointly with tribal organizations. Lisa Demer