- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

NOME, Alaska (AP) - Alaska Native leaders are again urging federal officials to consider local viewpoints when making decisions in the Arctic.

KNOM-radio reports Kawerak Inc. chief executive Melanie Bahnke urged a federal panel meeting Wednesday in Nome to “make space at the table” for Alaska Native voices.

She spoke to three representatives of the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental body that includes Canada, Norway, Greenland and Russia.

The three included retired Coast Guard Admiral Robert Papp, Rear Admiral Daniel Abel, and former Alaska Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, the adviser to the secretary of State for Arctic policy and science.

The three are taking public comment to prepare for the United States’ turn as chair of the Arctic Council, which starts in April.

Kawerak is a regional nonprofit corporation providing services to Bering Strait residents.

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Information from: KNOM-AM, https://www.knom.org

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