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Convention unifies rural communities across Alaska

This year’s Alaska Federation of Natives Convention was a heartfelt reunion, after several years without being able to meet in person. The joy of being reunited was palpable. And as usual, KNOM listeners had a front-row seat to the proceedings.

Students share love of home

One of the mission’s most beloved spot series continues, with more Love Letters to Home. In the series, students from rural Alaska write and record audio love letters to the communities they call home.

Amid catastrophic damage, Western Alaskans display resilience and generosity

In mid-September, communities all along the northwestern coast of Alaska, a distance equivalent to southern Georgia to New York City, suffered a historic storm. Typhoon Merbok brought with it a storm surge of more than 10 feet in Nome and the surrounding coastline, devastating several coastal communities. In particular, the communities of Hooper Bay, Scammon […]

Dear Friend… (November 2022)

Thank you for being friends when it counts. This month, we write you with serious and heavy hearts. Our region has been dealt a major blow. The heaviest storm in seventy years has caused massive damage all along the Northwest Coast. While no lives were lost, the devastation reverses years of hard work in the […]

Yup’ik model turns heads

“I wore my headdress, qaspeq, dance fans, ivory necklace and bracelet. I was turning heads,” Cheri Alstrom of St. Mary’s said.

Language-engagement survey results

“Language is larger than just the language itself — its culture, its connectedness to community and its willingness to also be part of that community,” Ukallaysaaq Okleasik with Northwest Planning said.

Elder Wisdom: These are the words we must remember

Elder Wisdom spots, derived from episodes of the longer form Elder Voices program, package important life lessons in accessible, bite-sized portions. Through oral tradition, Elders pass on the knowledge and values of their cultures. The spots have been very popular on social media and shared widely.