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'Every Voice Matters'

A new oral history project at the Juneau Public Library is inviting people of all ages to share stories around the theme of Alaska Native educational experiences.

http://juneauempire.com/art/2015-06-03/every-voice-matters
Art
Off the Beaten Path: Transboundary mining efforts are just another gold rush scam

The history of gold rushes has no shortage of scams.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-04-10/beaten-path-transboundary-mining-eff
Outdoors
Celebrating clean water

You'd be hard-pressed to find a Southeast Alaskan that doesn't love salmon, or a salmon that doesn't need clean water.

http://juneauempire.com/art/2015-04-08/celebrating-clean-water
Art
Ferry system budget slashed in committee

The Alaska Marine Highway System's budget - and ferry service to several dependent communities - was dealt a significant blow Thursday morning when the House Finance Subcommittee on the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities finalized its adjustments to Gov. Bill Walker's budget.The subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks, recommended a $9.5 million cut to the ferry system from the current year's budget.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-26/ferry-system-budget-slashed-committee
State | AK legislature
House Dems talk Native voting, languages

A bill sponsored by House Minority Leader Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, aims to improve voter turnout - especially rural Alaska Native voter turnout, he said during a talk Tuesday in Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall downtown. Tuck and Rep.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-11/house-dems-talk-native-voting-languages
State | AK legislature
Tlingit and Haida adopts new marriage statute

By a unanimous vote on Feb. 20, the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska's (Central Council) Executive Council, a governing board of seven elected council members, adopted a new tribal statute clearly authorizing its Tribal Court to conduct marriage ceremonies, divorce proceedings, and establish custody arrangements.

http://juneauempire.com/art/2015-03-11-12
Art
Same-sex marriage mixes with tribal sovereignty

Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska has announced its adoption of a new statute explicitly authorizing its tribal court to conduct marriage ceremonies - with equal treatment for same-sex couples.

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-02-23/same-sex-marriage-mixes-tribal-sovereig
Local
My Turn: Rural Governance Commission calls for a new state, tribal relationship

Rural governance is important unfinished business in the State of Alaska. The 1999 report by the Alaska Commission on Rural Governance and Empowerment charted pathways to remedy governance inequities between rural and urban Alaska.

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-12-02/my-turn-rural-governance-commission-c
Opinion
Controversial KSM mine gets key permits

Kerr Sulphurets Mitchell, a British Columbia mine in the transboundary Unuk River watershed that concerns many Southeast Alaska fishermen, Native organizations, tourism and environmental groups, has received early construction permits from the British Columbian government.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-10-22/controversial-ksm-mine-gets-key-perm
Outdoors
Advocates: Tailings dam breach a warning for Alaska

A tailings dam at Mount Polley Mine in British Columbia ruptured Monday morning, sending toxic waste into a watershed that flows into Vancouver.

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-08-08/advocates-tailings-dam-breach-warning-a
Local

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