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Alaskans harmed by financial misconduct deserve remedies
Goriune Dudukgian (July 30, 2017, Daily News-Miner)
A new rule will restore Alaskans’ rights in court when they are harmed by financial misconduct — such as the Wells Fargo scandal that resulted in 5,970 or more fake accounts in Alaska and millions across the country. ...  [more]

CFPB Rule Restores Alaskans’ Day in Court Over Financial Misconduct
(July 10, 2017, Press Release)
Anchorage, Alaska - Today, Alaska and national advocates along with an eminent scholar of arbitration law applauded the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) final rule that restores consumers’ right to join together in class actions to hold banks, payday lenders and other companies accountable when they break the law...  [more]

Should foster kids know when the state uses their benefits?
Anne Hillman (March 2, 2017, Alaska Public Media)
Some foster kids are eligible to receive Social Security benefits, but the kids and their families don’t always know the money is available. Instead, the state applies for the benefits and puts the funds toward paying for foster care services. Now a lawsuit is asking if the state needs to notify families and guardians before it starts taking the money...  [more]

State of Alaska, NARF, Northern Justice Project and ACLU Reach Settlement in Yup'ik Language, Voter-Assistance Case
(Alaska Business Monthly)
Anchorage, Alaska - The Alaska Attorney General's Office today joined the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), the American Civil Liberties Union, the Northern Justice Project, four Alaska Native elders and four tribal governments in announcing a settlement of litigation in Nick, et al. v. Bethel, et al. According to the settlement, the State of Alaska will make enhancements to language assistance for Yup'ik-speaking voters available at elections in the Bethel area...  [more]

State Questions Religious Protection for Fishermen
Rachel D'Oro (January 13, 2013,
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - State prosecutors are disputing religious protection claims by Alaska Native fishermen cited for illegal fishing who say bans on their subsistence lifestyle violate their spiritual freedoms....  [more]

How Climate Change Is Destroying a Native Alaska Religion
Erin Amato (July 26, 2014 The Wilson Quarterly)
In 2009, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers listed Newtok, Alaska — population 345 — as a “priority action community.” The ground beneath the village is quickly slipping into the sea: Within just two years, some houses may be underwater. Thanks to climate change, residents are seeing storm surges intensify...  [more]

When Global Warming Kills Your God
Adam Weymouth (June 3, 2014 The Atlantic)
“So there is a black fish swimming up the river, looking for a fish trap to swim into. Cycle of life, right?” Grant Kashatok was telling me stories the traditional Yup’ik way—his fingers entwined with string, like a child playing cat’s cradle. As he spoke, he looped the string into different shapes: it became a hunter, a mountain, a boat, an oar. “And he came to a fish trap that was broken,” he said...  [more]

Anchorage School District Sued Over Suspensions Procedure
(May 15, 2015
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Anchorage School District is being sued by parents who say the district's written notification process for student suspensions does not provide explanations for those disciplinary actions. The Northern Justice Project Civil rights law firm in Anchorage is representing the plaintiffs, Kiana Putnam and BreeAnn Davis, in the class-action case filed Friday....  [more]

Zoning Code in Jeopardy
(Scott Christiansen, October 24, 2013 Anchorage Press)
City attorneys and lawyers from the Northern Justice Project are negotiating an end to a two-year-old lawsuit that sought to overturn an Anchorage zoning ordinance that put restrictions on apartment buildings meant to house the city’s homeless chronic street drunks. Details of a settlement are not yet clear because the negotiations are not conducted in public, but the resolution will....  [more]

Wards Fighting Guardians' Heavy Caseloads
(Julie St. Louis, Nov. 2, 2015 Courthouse News Service)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CN) - In the last five years, the caseloads of public guardians in Alaska have steadily increased to a current total of 83 wards for each guardian. This leaves guardians with the Office of Public Advocacy just one hour and 42 minutes per month to manage each ward's medical care, government benefits, housing, vocational services and any income the ward is....  [more]

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