ALASKA! NATIVES

ALASKA NATIVES formed a pact with the United States, under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, establishing Profit and Non-Profit Corporations instead of the previous Reservations. Settlement was required as a condition of building the 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to deepwater at the Valdez Terminal. Instead of being wards of the federal government, ANSCA made Native shareholders enrolled under the Act independent and essential to what has become a primary economic engine of the state. DONN LISTON writes about how this landmark legislation has been implemented and how has it impacts Native people today.

Did NANA Construction Harm Don Tolbert?

He Says this Employer turned his life upside down… In 2021 the NANA Corporation—owned by more than 15,000 Iñupiaq shareholders who live or have roots in northwest Alaska—was named number three among the top 49 companies in Alaska, by Alaska Business Magazine.1 This for-profit Native Regional Corporation; formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act …

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Western Alaska Deserves Better in Juneau: Willy Keppel Says He Can Make a Difference

Politics is what decides who gets what. Rural Alaska has been electing Democrats to represent them in the Alaska Legislature since before statehood but Rural Alaska remains 3rd World Status in the richest state (per capita) in the United States. But along with Alaska summer activities and the whiff of salmon being smoked is the …

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ANCSA Reflections

50 Years since the Historic Settlement Many have written about the Alaska Native Claims Settlement act of 1971, and I have lately seen some effort to reflect on what this seminal law has meant for all Alaskans after 50 years. For background: As a Staff Writer for the Anchorage Daily News I was given the …

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The Important Role of Local Government: Opportunities to Exploit

Edgar Blatchford, a born-again Democrat, spoke to EaglExit recently about how local government  can be formed or changed and opportunities to consider.(Photo by Waneta Borden) It’s a mean world. Big fish eat little fish and bullies often get their way. Russian traders came to Alaska to enslave the Natives and decimate bountiful fur seals and …

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Alaska has Food Security Options

  Addressing Alaska’s Hierarchy of Needs (2021©donnliston.co) Alaskans are generally stuck at the bottom of the 5-level pyramid of human needs defined in Abraham Maslow’s 1943 paper, A Theory of Human Motivation. His 1954 book “Motivation and Personality” expanded on this theory and remains a basic underpinning of modern sociology, psychology and management training. If humans …

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Alaska’s Government School Failure: What will it take to fix them?

First Published January, 2016;  A story from Gov. Dunleavy’s former Mat-Su Senate District. A new student in my Wasilla, Alaska, Adult Basic Education (ABE) class recently expressed wonder in how much he had progressed in just a few days of math study here, and, further expressing himself told of the public high school he had …

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