Rhonda McBride, KNBA - Anchorage

Michael Oleksa

Remembering Alaska’s great communicator, Father Michael Oleksa

Archpriest Oleksa was laid to rest on Tuesday, after two days of services at St. Innocent’s Cathedral. Alaskans across the state say he touched their lives.
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Boyfriend kills Wasilla woman, boy, self in murder-suicide, troopers say

Troopers said Ryan Casey, 45, shot and killed 31-year-old Kelsey Ables and her 7-year-old son Kason at a Wasilla home Monday, then took his own life.
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Covenant House Alaska battling fentanyl crisis: 100 drug overdoses since July

Director Alison Kear says that in her 27 years at Covenant House, she’s never seen anything like the current wave of fentanyl overdoses.
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At a vigil for Anchorage’s homeless youth, a tale of how a teen found hope

During a Thursday vigil hosted by Covenant House Alaska, Ryna Lealai shared her story of escaping Anchorage's streets at age 17.
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American Bar Association features panel of prominent Native women lawyers

As part of Native American Heritage Month, the American Bar Association asked Native women to discuss how they became lawyers and trailblazers.
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‘I think it’s wrong’: Alaska ACLU seeks accountability for state inmate deaths

At a recent fundraiser, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska again called attention to the high death rates in Alaska prisons.
Bob Sam

Sitka elder calls on Haaland to investigate deaths of Alaska Native children at Outside institutions

Bob Sam asked Interior Secretary Deb Haaland for a full accounting of what happened to Alaska Native children who were sent to schools out of state.
Deb Haaland

Haaland leads historic day of healing at totem raising for Alaska boarding school survivors

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland helped to raise a healing totem pole in Anchorage, the nation's first dedicated to boarding school survivors.
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‘They have a loyalty’: AFN photos capture generations of Alaska Natives’ military service

An exhibit opened Wednesday night at the Dena’ina Center that looks at the work of Bill Hess, and his 40 years of photographing Alaska Native veterans.

Protecting subsistence rights and investigating prison deaths are among this year’s AFN draft resolutions

AFN delegates will consider about 30 proposed resolutions at the federation's annual convention, set to begin Thursday in Anchorage.
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Alaska Federation of Natives joins feds’ suit against state over rural subsistence priority

AFN has been allowed to intervene in the lawsuit against the state, which claims its management of Kuskokwim River fishing violates federal law.
a podium that says AFN on it

AFN convention launches Oct. 18 with exhibit honoring veterans

The 2023 Alaska Federation of Natives convention, preceded by the Elders and Youth Conference, will start in Anchorage in less than two weeks.

Racial disparities persist in Alaska’s prisons

Alaska Natives make up 40% of the inmates in Alaska prisons, yet are only 14% of the state’s population.
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U.S. attorney general announces $22M to help tribes respond to crime and support victims

The U.S. attorney general says he came to Alaska mainly to listen, but also to give tribes what they’ve wanted for a long time: funding to help build a strong foundation for delivering tribal justice.
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Alaska’s regional Native corporations seek to expand federal influence

TJ Presley, the corporations' first government affairs director, says his job reflects a growing need to educate federal policy makers about them.
college students

Alaskans assess impact of U.S. Supreme Court’s affirmative action ruling

Alaskans on the forefront of diversity initiatives have been taking stock following the high court's 6-3 decision last month.
home builders

HAPPP, Alaska’s first housing trust, has its work cut out

Housing Alaskans: A Public-Private Partnership is working to counter Alaska's lagging home construction and shrinking rental market.
Alaska Native leaders

Alaska Natives celebrate U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act

With the Court’s decision to back the right of tribes to oversee child custody cases came a collective sigh of relief among Alaska Native leaders.
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Remembering Joe Senungetuk, a practitioner in the art of resistance

The Inupiaq artist, who died on May 31, leaves behind many contemporary art fans who loved his carvings, sculptures, and paintings.
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‘A real Alaska Native character’: Writer reflects on ‘Alaska Daily’ cancellation

Vera Starbard says she's proud of Alaska Native reporter Roz Friendly's prominent role in the ABC show, which is ending after one season.