Articles & Op-eds

11.20.20

OP-ED: A pathway toward ending the legacy of violence against Native women

by U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) & Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

For years now, we've known that Native American communities are facing a crisis of missing, murdered and trafficked American Indians and Alaska Natives November marks National Native American Heritage Month, a time to honor the rich history, immense diversity and important contributions of Native people, while also acknowledging our country's dark history toward tribal nations. As representatives of states with vibrant tribal communities, we wanted to share how we're working together to hel… Continue Reading


11.12.20

Anchorage Daily News: Murkowski says Americans expect an ‘orderly’ presidential transition

by Becky Bohrer

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said President Donald Trump has the right to go to court if he believes there has been evidence of voter fraud. But the Alaska Republican said Thursday it's important there be evidence to back the allegations and so far, she said, she hasn't seen any. Murkowski, in an interview with The Associated Press, said it's not up to her or Congress to sort that out. It's up to the courts, she said. If it were to be shown in states where Trump has mounted legal challenges that s… Continue Reading


11.11.20

KINY: Bill would give federal land to Southeast Native communities

The Alaska Delegation has introduced legislation to include Southeast Native communities' entry into the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. If passed, it would allow the communities of Haines, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, and Tenakee to form urban corporations and receive land entitlements under the ANCSA. The five Southeast communities were not included in ANCSA, which divided 44 million acres of land among more than 200 regional, village, and urban corporations to resolve land cl… Continue Reading


11.11.20

Juneau Empire: Advocates hopeful new bill will add five villages to ANCSA

by Peter Segall

Alaska's Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduced legislation Tuesday that would create new Alaska Native corporations to receive lands on behalf of shareholders left out of the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. That act divided more than 44 million acres among more than 200 regional, village and urban corporations, but thousands of Alaska Natives were left out of this arrangement for reasons that are not entirely clear. Five Southeast Alaska villages were left out of the ANCSA settlement and nev… Continue Reading


11.06.20

KTVF: Murkowski approves: Judge rules genetically engineered fish unlawful

by Sarah Dubowski

A U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of California ruled Thursday the Food and Drug Administration violated core environmental laws in approving genetically engineered or G.E. salmon. "The FDA did not… meaningfully analyze what might happen to normal salmon in the event the engineered salmon did survive and establish themselves in the wild. Even if this scenario was unlikely, the FDA was still required to assess the consequences of it coming to pass." Vince Bhhabria, a U… Continue Reading


11.02.20

ALS News Today: Stronger ACT for ALS Act Would Foster New Treatments, ALS Association Says

by Mary Chapman

After working for months behind the scenes, the ALS Association is calling a strengthened Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act (ACT) a key step toward swifter development of new therapies. The revised bill (HR 8662/S. 4867) calls for $100 million over five years for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research and establishment of the first federal body specifically charged with coming up with treatments for neurodegenerative diseases. ACT for ALS was reintroduced Oct. 29 in t… Continue Reading


11.02.20

Language Magazine: New Bipartisan Native American Language Bill - Language Magazine

On October 30, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Native American Languages Act (NALA) with the announcement of new bipartisan legislation, the Durbin Feeling Native American Languages Act of 2020, to ensure the federal government is living up to policies and principles set out in NALA three decades ago. The short documentary "Durbin Feeling: Language Is Everything" hon… Continue Reading


10.30.20

Investing News :Lithium Supply Chain Vulnerability Takes Center Stage in 2020

by Priscilla Barrera

The lithium industry has been talking for some time now about the importance of building resilient supply chains, with COVID-19 further exposing the risks of the current dynamics. China dominates the midstream chemical-refining space, with over 80 percent of production. But most lithium mining takes place in Australia and in countries in South America, like Argentina and Chile. Speaking during a panel discussion at this year's Lithium Supply & Markets event from Fastmarkets, Maria Ines Ull… Continue Reading


10.28.20

ConocoPhillips’ plan for Willow Master Development Project in NPR-A approved

by Malia Barto, MSN

The Bureau of Land Management released its record of decision on Monday for the ConocoPhillips-proposed Willow Master Development Project Plan in the Bear Tooth Unit of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. This decision allows for "construction and operation of infrastructure proposed by ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc., ... necessary to produce and transport to market federal oil and gas resources under leaseholds in the northeast area of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska," the record of d… Continue Reading


10.26.20

KINY: Sen. Murkowski advances boosting mineral security

Last week, in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Chairman Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Ranking Member Sen. Joe Manchin, provided keynote remarks at the start of Benchmark Mineral Intelligence's 2020 Summit. Murkowski emphasized that the pandemic has underscored the need to pass her bipartisan American Mineral Security Act, which has been included in multiple Republican-proposed coronavirus recovery packages. The legislation would rebuild and strengthen the critical mineral supply ch… Continue Reading


10.26.20

ABC News: Reporter's Notebook: Sen. Murkowski on the 'incontrovertible' facts of Barrett vote

by Allison Pecorin

Three hours before the Senate was poised to vote on the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the Supreme Court, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, walked toward the Capitol contemplating the "incontrovertible" reality that her party was about to confirm a justice nearer to an election than any confirmation in history. Murkwoski is a rare moderate Republican who found herself at the center of the debate over Barrett's confirmation when she was one of two senators in her party who move… Continue Reading


10.23.20

OP-ED: TIME: The FDA and CDC Promised Transparency in the Vaccine Approval Process. Here's How Congress Can Hold Them to It

by US Senators Maggie Hassan and Lisa Murkowski

Hassan is a Senator for New Hampshire in the U.S. Congress. Murkowski is a Senator for Alaska in the U.S. Congress. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on the health and economic well-being of families and communities across the country, and this virus will remain a significant threat until a safe and effective vaccine can be made available to all. While we all hope to get potential vaccines reviewed, produced and distributed as quickly as possible, we can't sacr… Continue Reading


10.21.20

Alaska Journal of Commerce: Senators toughen stances against Pebble project

by Elwood Brehmer

After years of stressing process over policy, Alaska's U.S. senators have both announced their opposition to development of the Pebble mine. Sen. Lisa Murkowski made her most definitive statement to-date against the massive Southwest Alaska mine plan Oct. 15 during an address to the Alaska Federation of Natives virtual annual convention, saying there is a need for new economic development in Southwest Alaska and that she plans on working to ensure "longer term protections for the region that ca… Continue Reading


10.20.20

Independent Women's Forum: The Trump Administration Just Paved The Way For The Next Generation Of Clean Energy

by Kelsey Bolar

The Trump administration took a major step towards clean, reliable energy last week, awarding two U.S. nuclear energy companies $160 million in initial funding to develop the next generation of advanced nuclear energy. Advanced nuclear energy systems hold enormous potential to lower emissions, create new jobs, and build an even stronger economy. The funding, granted by the U.S. Department of Energy to TerraPower LLC based in Washington state and X-energy based in Maryland, will be used to build… Continue Reading


10.15.20

SitNews: Two Alaska service providers to receive $46 million in USDA Grants to Expand High-Speed Internet Access

by Mark Kauffman

The Trump Administration announced this week that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $46.5 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Alaska. This investment is part of the $550 million Congress allocated to the second round of the ReConnect Program. U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, (all R-Alaska) joined U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue on Tuesday for a virtual … Continue Reading


10.15.20

KOTZ Radio: Pandemic dominates discussions as AFN convention goes virtual

by Wesley Early

Whether you watched on TV, Zoom or listened to the radio, this year's Alaska Federation of Natives Convention was different. With the coronavirus making an in-person convention unsafe, the state's largest annual gathering of Indigenous people came together virtually. With no booths to browse hand-crafted art pieces and attendees having to settle for virtual hugs, the 2020 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention was a drier affair than usual. AFN Board co-chair Ana Hoffman addressed the new form… Continue Reading


10.13.20

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Native leaders praise bills addressing missing, murdered Indigenous women

by Erin McGroarty

A pair of bills championed by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski that seeks to address the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has become law. Savannah's Act and the Not Invisible Act, both cosponsored in the Senate by Murkowski, were signed by President Trump on Saturday. The first bill will increase coordination among the different levels of law enforcement, increase data collection and information sharing, and includes tribal government access to law enforcement databases … Continue Reading


10.06.20

The Hill: Murkowski after Trump halts talks: Congress must move on virus package

by Jordain Carney

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Tuesday that she thought talks on another coronavirus relief package should continue, even after President Trump pulled the plug until after the election. "Now is not the time for Congress to stop doing its work. I strongly believe negotiations should continue, particularly among those of us in Congress. ... We all need to keep working until we reach a bipartisan agreement that can pass both chambers and be signed by the president," Murkowski said in a statem… Continue Reading


09.30.20

National Indigenous Times: US Government passes Bill to address missing or murdered Indigenous women

by Rachel Knowles

The United States Government has passed Indigenous Bill, Savanna's Act, in a move to increase the safety of Indigenous women across the nation. Aimed at addressing violence against Indigenous women, Savanna's Act is named after Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a young woman who was found dead at 22-years-old. She was eight months pregnant at the time of her death, with her foetus cut from her womb before she was killed. Over 500 Indigenous women and girls have gone missing or have been found dead … Continue Reading


09.25.20

The Hill: Two bills are passed to address missing and murdered Native American women

by Austa Somvichian-Clausen

Story at a glance In some reservations, Indigenous women are murdered at rates more than 10 times higher than the U.S. average. The murder of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind prompted the drafting of Savanna's Act, which seeks to address violence faced by Indigenous women. The Act was passed on Monday after being blocked from a House vote by former Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) in 2018. Despite the fast-paced 24-hour news cycle we all live in today, there are some stories that seem to remain untol… Continue Reading

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