Advocacy/Legislative Update 2.28.20

Oil and Gas Companies Are Totally Awesome A ballot initiative that would change the way that oil and gas tax credits are calculated has been certified to appear on the ballot during the General Election this November.  Expect to see (and hear) a ton of campaign ads from those that want you to vote to maintain the status quo – …

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Koyukon Ethnographic Place-names

Fr. Jules Jetté Dictionary and Koyukon Language Database The TCC Archaeology Program is working in collaboration with Athabascan Linguistic James Kari, Ken Pratt of the BIA and David Kingma of the Jesuit Oregon Province Archives to build a usable format of Koyukon place-names based on the Fr. Jules Jetté’s handwritten dictionary that he completed during his missionary work in Alaska around 1910. …

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Tochak McGrath Discovery

In 2012, during construction of a conservation levee along the Kuskokwim River in the Native Village of McGrath, workers noticed a shallowly-buried human skull that had been revealed by earth-clearing activity. This discovery became known as the “Tochak McGrath Discovery.” Under the direction of the TCC Archaeology Program, a forensic research group determined that the find included three intact human skeletal remains and …

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Healy Lake

In 2005, TCC Archaeological Program began work at Healy Lake due to a land sale on a restricted Native allotment.  It was known that the Healy Lake area contained many existing archaeological sites from work that was conducted by Healy Lake Tribal members and academic researchers in the 1960s. Linda’s Point Linda’s Point is one of the sites discovered in the 1960s …

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Deadman Lake

Upper Tanana archaeology around Northway The late William “Bill” Sheppard was a field researcher who focused on Alaska Native traditional lands, in the Upper Tanana River Valley region near Tok, Tetlin, Northway and Tanacross.  His work in the 1990s and early 2000s focused on surveying and excavating Athabascan sites that existed before right before and after Russian-American colonization.  He collected extensive field …

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Where’s My Check? Part III: Information about the Indian Trust Settlement

It’s in the mail…soon. In 1996, Elouise Cobell sued the federal government on behalf of 500,000 Indians for mismanagement of trust or restricted land in the United States. This settlement amount totals $3.4 billion dollars and is broken in two parts: $1.5 billion to Historical Class and Trust Administration Class (Trust Class) members and $1.9 billion to buy back small …

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HFGTF – Sub-Regional Report March 2017

Winter 2016/2017. Increased applications to Regional Advisory Councils of the Federal Subsistence Board. January 2017. Rhonda Pitka, First Chief of Beaver, appointed to the Federal Subsistence Board. February 2017. Developed and delivered, in partnership with UAF Tribal Management Program, “Intro to the Board of Game” to strengthen participation and advocacy in the State of Alaska Board of Game system, advocates …

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