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Alaskans Will Receive PFD Checks Starting July 1

May 21, 2020

Gov. Mike Dunleavy made the announcement at the end of a press briefing on May 20 that primarily focused on education and plans for reopening the state’s schools in the fall.

Courtesy of Anne Kosacheff

The ghost gravel barge that enthralled social media in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has finally been recovered. The vessel froze into the Kuskokwim River on its way to Red Devil last fall, stopping just past Aniak before this spring’s river breakup freed it.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The Calista Corporation is spearheading an effort to form a federally-recognized regional tribal government in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The regional native corporation says that tribes have requested the corporation’s support in this endeavor.


Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a news conference on Friday, April 10, 2020.
Office of the Governor

The second phase of a state plan to reopen Alaska’s economy will take effect Friday, May 8.

Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney speaks October 18, 2018, at the Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. Sweeney is the subject of a call for investigation into whether she violated ethics policies i
Tripp Crouse / KNBA

The U.S. Treasury and Interior departments announced on May 5 that they would begin disbursing part of an $8 billion Tribal allocation for coronavirus relief funds. The CARES Act funding is to help Tribes with relief efforts in the fight against coronavirus.

US Census Is Back, And Going Door To Door

May 5, 2020
U.S. Census

The U.S. Census Bureau is back to delivering forms to Alaskan households without a physical address. The process begins Wednesday, May 6. The hand delivery of census material originally began March 15, but was discontinued in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic three days later.

Calista Annual Meeting Goes Virtual

May 5, 2020
Calista Corporation

The Calista Regional Native Corporation is holding its first ever virtual shareholders meeting. 

Kuskokwim River break-up in front of Bethel, Alaska on the evening of May 3, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod fell on Sunday, May 3 at 9:58 p.m. The event marked the official time of breakup in front of Bethel. In the hours before the clock stopped, a sequence of events kept the contest organizers on edge.


Stan's Barbershop in Bethel reopened on April 27, 2020 under evolving state health mandates.
Katie Basile / KYUK

As Alaska moves to reopen parts of its economy, Bethel businesses are reopening their doors.

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Aid To Alaska Native Corporations

Apr 29, 2020
Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan photographed in 2015. On Monday, Murkowski and Sullivan said they were disappointed that U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Amit Mehta temporarily blocked the federal government from paying
Mikko Wilson / KTOO

A federal judge temporarily blocked the federal government from paying CARES Act funding to Alaska Native corporations. 

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