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Jan Bronson of Anchorage and Cathy Walling of Fairbanks, representing the Alaska Friends Conference, apologize to Alaska Native communities for the boarding schools it ran in Alaska and the United States. The apology took place at Sayéik Gastineau elementary school, the former site of a Quaker mission school in Juneau, during Orange Shirt Day, Sept. 30, 2022. (Photo by Lisa Phu/Alaska Beacon)

Quakers formally apologize to Alaska Native communities for residential schools

BY: - October 4, 2022

The Alaska Quakers apologized to Alaska Native communities for the boarding schools it ran in Alaska and the United States, which forcibly assimilated and abused Indigenous children, separated them from their families and caused intergenerational trauma. In the 1800s and 1900s, the Quakers ran about 30 boarding schools for Native American and Alaska Native youth […]

In Fairbanks, Democratic state Senate incumbent seeks to hold Republican-leaning district

BY: - October 3, 2022

Control of the Alaska Senate will be decided in part by an election between a longtime Democratic incumbent, a gregarious Republican mayor with a passion for heavy metal music, and an unemployed man running as a Republican running to the right of the others.  Entering this fall’s election, Democrats are seeking results that will deliver […]

Seasonal streams are a focus of an upcoming case before the U.S. Supreme Court. (Photo by Eric Vance, U.S. EPA)

U.S. Supreme Court mulls federal water rules, wetlands designations in Idaho case

BY: - October 3, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court opened its term Monday with an Idaho case that could significantly restrict the federal government’s power to enforce clean water laws and prove crucial in determining wetland protections. The oral arguments came just months after the court’s 6-3 conservative majority limited executive authority to address climate change in a case involving […]

Signs urging votes for Harriet Drummond and Zack Fields are posted next to each other in the neighborhood just south of downtown Anchorage's Park Strip. Redistricting pitted the two incumbent Democrats against each other.

Redistricting pits two Anchorage House Democrats with similar policy views against each other

BY: - October 3, 2022

Redistricting has pitted two Anchorage Democrats against each other for a House seat, creating a contest between incumbents who share political views, many endorsements and even East Coast upbringings. The race between Rep. Harriet Drummond, who has represented parts of Midtown and West Anchorage since 2013, and Rep. Zack Fields, who has represented a more […]

University of Alaska President Pat Pitney delivers remarks on June 2 at a board of regents meeting on the UAA campus. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

University of Alaska administration files unfair labor complaint against faculty union

BY: - October 1, 2022

The University of Alaska administration filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the faculty union Friday. The two parties have been negotiating a new faculty contract for more than a year. Speaking on behalf of the administration, associate vice president of public affairs Robbie Graham said Friday that United Academics engaged in “surface bargaining,” or […]

Rep. Sara Hannan, D-Juneau, speaks on the floor of the Alaska House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau, Alaska. (James Brooks / Alaska Beacon)

Alaska Legislature’s new social media policy nixes banning and blocking

BY: - October 1, 2022

If Alaska’s state legislators remove constituents’ comments or block them on social media, they may forfeit state-paid legal protection, according to a new social media policy adopted Friday. A House-Senate panel voted 8-3 in favor of adopting the new policy on behalf of the entire Legislature. Rep. Matt Claman, D-Anchorage, said the new policy means […]

Alaska Legislature votes against intervention in Eastman eligibility lawsuit

BY: - September 30, 2022

The Alaska Legislature will not intervene in a lawsuit challenging the eligibility of Wasilla Republican Rep. David Eastman to serve in public office. In a 1-9 vote Friday afternoon, a House-Senate panel voted against a request for intervention from Eastman, who said in an email that his ability to continue serving as a sitting legislator […]

Eechdaa Dave Ketah, originally from Ketchikan, is a teacher and artist in Portland, Oregon. He's taking Lingít language classes at the University of Alaska Southeast. “Having the opportunity to learn the language has been so powerful in my journey,” he says. (Photo provided by Eechdaa Dave Ketah)

His grandmother was forbidden to speak Lingít in school. Now, school is helping him reclaim it.

BY: - September 30, 2022

The class assignment was to write a letter to anyone they wanted. In Lingít. Eechdaa Dave Ketah chose his late grandmother, the person who spoke Lingít to him when he was growing up in Ketchikan. “And I was telling her that it’s hard learning the language at this point in my life, and one thing […]

The U.S. House of Representatives chamber is seen in December 2008 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Hours ahead of shutdown deadline, U.S. House sends Biden stopgap spending bill

BY: - September 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House members, mostly along party lines, cleared a spending package Friday that would bolster funding for natural disaster response, though with Hurricane Ian still battering the Southeast, lawmakers will likely need to approve another aid bill later this year.  The measure would provide $2.5 billion in assistance for the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon […]

A voter joins a line of voters waiting to cast their ballots on Aug. 15 at the state Division of Elections office in Anchorage. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska candidate comparison tool allows voters to explore positions in statewide races

BY: - September 30, 2022

The Alaska Beacon has launched a candidate comparison tool in conjunction with three other Alaska news organizations. The joint project with Alaska Public Media, the Anchorage Daily News and KTOO allows voters to explore the positions that candidates for statewide office have taken on a variety of issues. The heart of the project is a […]

U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Jane Norman/States Newsroom)

U.S. Senate approves stopgap spending bill with disaster relief, heating aid

BY: - September 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved broadly bipartisan legislation Thursday that would provide billions for natural disaster relief, military and economic aid to Ukraine and funding to help low-income families offset the rising costs of heating and cooling their homes.  It includes $2.5 billion in assistance for the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire that burned large […]

A fish camp in the Nome area, seen on Sept. 24, shows damages wreaked by the remnants of Typhoon Merbok. The day before, President Biden declared a major disaster for a vast stretch of western Alaska that had been slammed with high winds and floods caused by the remnants of that typhoon. FEMA Director Deanne Criswell, Rep. Mary Peltola and Sen. Lisa Murkwoski were among the officials who surveyed the damages in and around Nome. (Photo by Jeremy Edwards/FEMA}

Biden approves more federal disaster assistance after typhoon hits western Alaska

BY: - September 29, 2022

Alaska’s state, local and tribal governments can be reimbursed for 100% of many costs incurred before and after Typhoon Merbok struck this month, after President Joe Biden on Thursday amended the federal disaster declaration. The federal government typically reimburses local governments for 75% of their costs, but Alaska’s congressional delegation and Gov. Mike Dunleavy had […]