Alaska Natives

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Sophie Woods has worked at Dillingham Elementary longer than anyone else at the school. Over her 50 years as a teacher’s aide, she has taught students a variety of skills, from reading to native dancing. Now, she’s retiring.

The U.S. House is considering a bill from Representative Don Young that would expedite energy projects on Native American lands in Alaska and the lower 48. The Native American Energy Act makes a few big changes in the ways that tribal groups go about conducting energy projects on their lands.  The bill’s sponsor, Alaska Representative Don Young says the bill applies to ANCSA lands, but is targeted more for projects on reservations in the lower 48, where he says the regulatory process is too slow.

Researchers with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development recently released some new research about the over 120-thousand Alaska Native people that live in Alaska. Alaska Natives make up 17-percent of Alaska's population and the majority of them still live in small villages or remote, regional hub communities like Dillingham, Bethel, and Nome.