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Voice Your Concerns: Federal Subsistence Regulation Suggestions Due by May 21

Multiple pink salmon swimming underwater

The deadline to submit suggestions for changes to the Federal Subsistence Management Program’s regulations is May 21. As residents of the area grapple with subsistence food insecurity due to climate and regulatory changes, the suggestion form offers people the opportunity to voice their concerns.  Regulatory changes in fishing and shellfish harvesting seasons, harvest limits, methods, […]

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Grants Permit for Dredging Operation Despite Local Opposition

The Solomon River area along the Nome-Council Highway. Maddie Winchester photo. March 20, 2024 Ben Townsend, News Director Following years of applications, reapplications, and public dissent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pacific Ocean Division has offered a permit to IPOP, LLC, allowing the company to dredge and dispose of material in waters 25 miles […]

Elder Voices: Raymond Seetok, Sr.

Raymond Seetok, Sr., of Wales, Alaska.

From the KNOM Archive, hear Raymond Seetok, Sr. share his story. Born in 1946 in Wales, Raymond spoke with KNOM’s Elder Voices program in 2012.

Story49: Delbert Pungowiyi

Delbert Pungowiyi sits with a cup of coffee in the IRA office in Savoonga.

When Delbert Pungowiyi was a young man in Savoonga, they had “nine months of winter.” This year, ice barely reached the island. In this two-part series, Delbert shares his memories of growing up on St. Lawrence Island and how he became a fierce voice for his community in a time of great change.

Camaraderie and Culture

Side-by-side pictures of an NYO competitor preparing for, then executing, a one-foot high kick inside the St. Michael school gym.

If you ask a Western Alaska school-aged child to name their favorite sport, the most common response will likely be “Native Youth Olympics,” or NYO. The games aren’t just a way for students to compete and develop athletic skills; they’re also a means for youth to connect to subsistence culture and learn to support each other.