Monthly Archives: February 2011
Longtime Sitkan Roy Bailey died Saturday at the age of 84. Bailey served on the Sitka School Board, the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Tribal Council, the Historic Preservation Commission, and the board of the Sitka Historical Society. And he fought in World War II – a part of his life he didn’t publicly acknowledge for a long time, in part because the federal government didn’t acknowledge it either.
The chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court is concerned about the lack of Native Americans training to be lawyers. Justice Walter Carpeneti made his remarks (Tue 2-15-11) during the opening ceremonies of “The Color of Justice,” a two-day legal symposium at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka.
Senator Lisa Murkowski today (Feb. 14) proposed additional changes to her Sealaska lands-selection bill. She plans to take the revised legislation to the public later this month with town hall meetings February 21st in Ketchikan and 22nd in Craig.
Willie Hensley has been a state legislator, a Native rights advocate, the founding member of a regional Native corporation, and the voice of the Alyeska Pipeline Company in Washington D.C. Now, the Inupiaq elder is a memoirist. He visited Sitka over the weekend to talk about his book, “Fifty Miles from Tomorrow: A Memoir of Alaska and The Real People.” He spoke with KCAW's Ed Ronco.
Dan Langbauer is a former math teacher at Sitka High School. He and his family now live in Cairo, Egypt. He spoke with KCAW's Robert Woolsey on Thursday (2-10-11).
The political victory that appears to have been won in Egypt has come at the cost of major disruptions to the country’s routine patterns of life. A former Sitka math teacher and his family are among those whose lives were upended during the eighteen days of mass protests in Cairo. They’re temporarily back in Alaska among friends, waiting to see what happens to the city they now call home.
Closing a large budget gap will take a combination of help from the legislature, cost savings and, very possibly, position cuts from within the Sitka School District. On Wednesday night, the school board presented its budget to the public.
Sitka’s Long Range Planning and Economic Development Commission is one step closer to being disbanded. The Sitka Assembly voted last night 5 to 1 to do away with the commission.
Anthropologist Linda Green studies the social consequences of poverty, warfare, and other issues on indigenous people across the Americas. She's the newly-appointed Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona. She'll hold a community conversation in Sitka tonight (2-9-11) at 7 PM at The Loft. Green joined Island Institute co-director Carolyn Servid and KCAW's Robert Woolsey for the Morning Interview.
ALFA's Linda Behnken and Dan Falvey discuss the IPHC's survey methods, and the prospects for young fishermen in the longline fisheries.