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Judge orders state to remedy Native language assistance October Issue 1 2014

Judge orders state to remedy Native language assistance

A federal judge has scolded the state Division of Elections over the state’s poor assistance to voters who speak Native languages. The state has promised to better in the upcoming November general election to comply with her order. Yup’ik and Gwich’in-speaking Alaskans sued the state over inadequate translation efforts. The two languages are historically unwritten, so the majority of the assistance in those two languages is oral.

Budget crunch biggest challenge for bush caucus in 2015 October Issue 1 2014

Budget crunch biggest challenge for bush caucus in 2015

The biggest challenge facing rural legislators in 2015 will be the tightening of state revenues and pressures to cut budgets, says Rep. Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, who headed the House “bush caucus” in the 2013-14 state Legislative session. Rural lawmakers on the House and Senate Finance committees will have to keep an eagle eye on the budgets to ensure that, if reductions have to be made, rural programs aren’t singled out unfairly.

Keynote speakers come together for AFN ‘Rise as One’ theme October Issue 1 2014

Keynote speakers come together for AFN ‘Rise as One’ theme

A horrific crime brought Miriam Aarons and Mao Tosi together. On Oct. 23, the pair of community organizers will share a message of collaboration as co-keynote speakers at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage. “I never thought in a million years I would ever be an AFN co-keynote speaker,” said Aarons, 32.

Tribal organizations seek greater role in land management October Issue 1 2014

Tribal organizations seek greater role in land management

Tribal organizations are asking to take over some aspects of wildlife management, or at least to have a greater voice in the process. That larger role in the process — an effort the Alaska Federation of Native has supported — known as co-management could ultimately simplify things by bringing all the players together.

Budget takes center stage as Parnell, Walker square off October Issue 1 2014

Budget takes center stage as Parnell, Walker square off