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Deadline nears for Arctic Youth Ambassadors program

By Shady Grove Oliver

The Arctic Sounder

The deadline is fast-approaching for young people from around Alaska to become the next cohort of Arctic Youth Ambassadors.

The program was originally created as a joint effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of State and Alaska Geographic.

Ambassadors serve two-year terms and bring the youth voice to the Arctic Council as representatives of their communities.

"Changes in the Arctic did not happen overnight, and some of the challenges the region (and the world) faces, such as climate change, cannot be solved overnight. Younger generations will play an important role in addressing these challenges," program coordinators wrote in a post announcing the recruitment effort. "The Arctic Youth Ambassadors is one group of knowledgeable youth from across the State who understand the Arctic and its people and can explain it from a youth perspective for their peers across the United States and around the world."

The first cohort, which included several students from the Northwest Arctic and North Slope, served from 2015 through this year during the U.S. chairmanship of the Council. That leadership was handed over to Finland this year, so youth representatives will now be asked to serve with the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna Working Group, which will be led by the U.S. delegation. They will remain in their positions through 2019.

The deadline to apply is this Sept. 15. More information on the program and the application process can be found at

Barrow School Advisory Council seeks new representative

An Utqiaġvik resident may have the opportunity to bring their thoughts and ideas on education to the North Slope. The Barrow School Advisory Council is seeking one new representative to fill Seat 2 for a short period until the next regular election.

The deadline to apply is the end of this week. The new council member will be appointed at the council's regular meeting on Sept. 25 and will serve through Oct. 3.

Candidates must have been a resident of Utqiaġvik for at least six months and must be eligible to vote. Anyone interested in applying should send a letter of interest to: Stewart McDonald, Superintendent, NSBSD Central Office, P.O. Box 169, Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Alaska 99723. Letters of interest must be received by this Friday, Sept. 15, at 5 p.m.

Legal help available in Barrow

Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) is pleased to announce its recent hire of Ryan Rennaker, an Albany Law School graduate from Albany, N.Y. Rennaker is available to assist clients throughout the North Slope Borough. ALSC provides free legal assistance on civil matters to low-income Alaskans on a variety of legal topics, including probates and wills, public benefits problems, family law issues and more.

The ALSC Barrow office is located behind the Presbyterian Church at 1264 Agvik St. No. 7, in Barrow. The office will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. Individuals needing assistance can request an application by contacting (907) 855-8998 or

Emperor goose hunt now open

By Shady Grove Oliver

The Arctic Sounder

The emperor goose hunt is now open in the Northwest Arctic. It's the first time in about 30 years the fall hunt for ligliqpak is being held.

"Because of their vulnerability and slow reproduction, harvest of emperor geese must be done conservatively and cautiously," stated a fact sheet on the hunt provided by Maniilaq Association and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The hunt began Sept. 1 and will remain open to all Alaska residents through Dec. 16, or until the harvest limit of 125 birds for the Northwest region is reached.

The individual bag limit is one bird, per hunter, per season.

A state hunting license is required for all participating hunters over the age of 18 and a registration permit is required. A state duck stamp is also required for all hunters who are over the age of 18, except for those who are 60 years or older with a lifetime license, disabled veterans, or people who qualify for a low-income license. Federal duck stamps are not required for permanent residents of the Northwest Arctic or for people who are federally qualified subsistence users from another area, however they are required for all other Alaska residents who do not meet these qualifications.

All kills must be reported within 72 hours by phone at 1-800-478-7468 or online at All hunting must be done with shotguns. No lead shot is allowed and shotguns must have no more than three-shell capacity. No rifles are permitted, nor is archery.

Unlimited free permits are available through the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Kotzebue and more information can be found by visiting the office or calling 1-800-478-3420. The hunt will close by emergency order once the season limit is reached.

AVEC accepting nominations for three board seats

Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is accepting nominations for three seats that will become open on its board of directors. Board members serve three-year terms and must meet eligibility requirements. The election will be held prior to AVEC's annual meeting in April. This is the third year AVEC members will vote for the board members via a mail-in ballot.

To nominate yourself or someone else you feel is qualified, contact one of the following Nominating Committee members: Clarence Dull of Toksook Bay (Chair), Clyde Ramoth of Selawik, Darrell Vent of Huslia, Zora Inga of Old Harbor, Agnes Takak of Shaktoolik, Miles Cleveland of Ambler and George Beans of St. Mary's.

The nomination form each candidate must fill out is available on AVEC's Website: The form can be mailed in, faxed, or sent by e-mail to If you have questions, contact a committee member or Amy Murphy with AVEC, at 1-800-478-1818, ext. 5343. The deadline to receive the letter of interest to run for a board seat is Oct. 31.

Alaska lawyer honored for work on Native American law

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Monkman, LLP is pleased to announce that two of its Alaska partners have been recognized as among the "2018 Best Lawyers in America" in the 24th Edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Anchorage partner Lloyd B. Miller was named the "2018 Native American Law Lawyer of the Year." Juneau partner Richard D. Monkman was named as a "2018 Best Lawyer" in Native American Law, and was named as a "2017 Distinguished Attorney" by the Martindale-Hubbell firm.

The firm also announced that Kendri M. M. Cesar has been named a partner in the Juneau office. Cesar is a graduate of Dartmouth College, Harvard Law School and Juneau Douglas High School, and recently successfully argued an important tribal sovereignty case before the Alaska Supreme Court.

Sonosky Chambers is a law firm devoted to representing Native American interests across the United States. The firm is based in Washington, DC, and has offices in Anchorage, Juneau, San Diego and Albuquerque. The firm was founded in 1976, and has a long and successful history representing tribes and tribal organizations in litigation, governmental relations and economic development matters. Sonosky Chambers' practice covers the full range of issues affecting tribes, including tribal sovereignty, self-governance, treaty rights, health care, labor law, environmental law, child welfare, land acquisition, gaming, transportation and infrastructure development and water rights.


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