Alaska Natives

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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EaglExit Challenges

The Important Role of Local Government (2021©donnliston.co)  Edgar Blatchford spoke to EaglExit recently about how local government  can be formed or changed.(Photo by Waneta Liston) 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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