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Daysha Eaton took time off work to report on the on the protest from Standing Rock. All proceeds allow her to stay a little longer and continue to report about the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest.

Elizabeth Lozano

Last week tribal representatives from across the U.S. traveled to Washington D.C. for President Obama’s eighth and final White House Tribal Nations Conference. The representatives met with President Obama and members of his cabinet. They discussed issues facing tribes and solutions ahead.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

The effects of heroin spread beyond the user. Family members and people close to the person on the drug often need treatment as well.

“It can be up to years, sometimes, to heal from the consequences of living with a family member with an addiction," explains Teri Forst, a behavioral health clinician at the Bethel Family Clinic. Forst helps people recovering from addiction. She also helps people who’ve been affected along the way.

Today on Delta Affairs Weekly, we talk with Forst about how to recognize addictive behaviors, how to set boundaries, and how to help both yourself and someone who might be using the drug.

Adrian Wagner / KYUK

Earlier this week a group gathered in Bethel to talk with the community on the region’s heroin and opioid epidemic. This group included the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, local and state law enforcement, and local health officials. They met with high school students during the day and the community in the evening. At both events, they screened a documentary on heroin and opioid addiction and then held a discussion on the issue where they answered questions from the crowd. KYUK broadcast the community event live from Bethel City Hall. Today on Delta Affairs Weekly, we’re airing segments from that broadcast. Some of these segments have been edited for length. We jump in part-way through the conversation.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Earlier this week we told you about the YK Delta Women in Philanthropy. It’s a growing group of women in the Delta who’re pooling their funds to help communities locally and globally. The group launched earlier this month with a kickoff event in Bethel. This week on Delta Affairs Weekly, we’re revisiting those women to hear more about them and their giving circle.

Bethel City Council Candidates

Sep 9, 2016
Katie Basile / KYUK

On this episode of Delta Affairs Weekly, we speak with the six candidates running for Bethel City Council in the 2016 municipal election: Norman Ayagalria, Fritz Charles, Byron Maczynski, Mary Nanuwak, Fred Watson, and Mary Weiss. 

Heroin in the YK Delta

Sep 2, 2016
romansklenar / flickr Creative Commons

On this episode of Delta Affairs Weekly, we speak with Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation Chief of Staff Ellen Hodges about opioids in the Delta in the aftermath of a series of overdoses and one death in the village of Quinhagak. Hodges came to Bethel in 2002 for the first time and says at that time the idea of heroin in the community was unthinkable.

Katie Basile / KYUK

KYUK talks a lot about health. It’s in our news, talk shows, and public service announcements. All week long, a PhD student from the University of Michigan has been holding focus groups and interviews around town and at the station. Jana Wilbricht is hoping to find out how KYUK as a tribal station delivers health information, and how we can do it better. She’s also been to the Hopi reservation in Arizona studying this same topic. KYUK talks with Jana about her research and what she’s learned so far.

Maddie Winchester / KNOM

Today on Delta Affairs Weekly, we're bringing you something different. We’re airing a show produced by KNOM in Nome. Maddie Winchester of KNOM traveled to Bethel in April for the Cama-i Dance Festival where she met Bethel teenager and dancer Mike Bialy. Mike's story is part of KNOM's monthly series Story49.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

As the ninth through twelfth graders at Bethel Regional High School began their first day of classes Thursday, the school's new health clinic opened its doors. The clinic is housed in a small building next to the school and is the first of its kind in the region. The aim of the clinic is to bring health care services to an age group that often falls off the health care radar. The clinic is a collaboration between the high school, the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, and Public Health Nursing.

KYUK went to the opening Thursday and talked with Dr. Mien Chyi, a pediatrician with YKHC who’ll be mentoring the residents practicing at the clinic.