Reindeer husbandry has been practiced on the Seward Peninsula for over a century. The reindeer are maintained as a local food source and a source of economic development. The Kawerak Reindeer Herders Association works with herders to improve herd management and develop a viable reindeer industry. The University of Alaska Fairbanks teaches herders how to work within the commercial system of inspection, packaging, shipping, and marketing. Future industry development may involve obtaining funding for a slaughter facility to create jobs and sell meat to customers such as the Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation (NSEDC), other communities in the region, and artisanal markets in Anchorage or other places.
If the Trump pulls US out of the Paris accords fund, some of that money should go to climate-affected Alaska villages, says Native group
Now that President Trump has announced the United States' withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, he should make good on his "America first" rhetoric by giving climate-change-impacted Alaska Native communities some of the money that would have otherwise gone to international climate fund—or so says a resolution passed by the state's largest Native organization at its annual convention.
An upcoming oil and gas lease sale will offer more territory in Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve than any other lease sale ever held for that huge federal land unit, the US Bureau of Land Management announced on Wednesday.
Climate Change: Information on Potential Economic Effects Could Help Guide Federal Efforts to Reduce Fiscal Exposure
Climate-related impacts, such as coastal property damage, have already cost the federal government billions of dollars, and these costs will likely rise in the future. We found that information on the economic effects of climate change is developing and imprecise, but it can convey insights into the nation's regions and sectors that could be most affected.
Millions of United States citizens continue to battle the effects of massive hurricanes this month. Many have lost electric and water service. As water and wastewater utilities struggle to get their systems up and running again, some are in a better position than others. What makes a utility more resilient in the face of this type of natural disaster?
The US Senate just passed a budget resolution that brings oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic refuge a little closer to reality
The U.S. Senate took a step Thursday toward opening Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, approving a budget resolution that includes leasing in the site as a measure to raise federal revenue.
The resolution, a preliminary step toward potential approval of President Trump's proposed tax legislation, allows senators to avoid the need for 60 votes and the threat of a filibuster when the measure is considered in the future.
On the second day of this year’s annual AFN gathering in Anchorage, another significant announcement regarding the relationship between the state and tribes was put forward.
Delegates were told of a major new decision by the state Attorney General’s office, which seeks to resolve decades of legal battles by concluding that Alaska’s 229 tribes are fully sovereign entities. The move is a win for tribal and indigenous advocates who have long-contended they have equal jurisdiction and standing with the State of Alaska. The news came just one day after the governor signed an unprecedented compact with tribal entities that gives them potential control over child welfare policies.
Fall storms now regularly batter Alaska’s Arctic coastal villages — but don’t always qualify for disaster funds
A fall storm that sent waves crashing ashore in the northernmost U.S. community and caused at least $10 million in damage to roads, buildings and other facilities is part of a troublesome pattern in a new type of fall season along the coasts of northern and western Alaska. But current federal rules often mean such damage can't be covered by disaster funds.
President Donald Trump announced Monday that he would nominate Tara Sweeney, an executive vice president of Arctic Slope Regional Corp. and the former chair of the Arctic Economic Council to serve as Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs in the Interior Department.