Mon, October 18, 2021

Cook Inlet Historical Society Panel Discussion Recording: Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971

AFN Delegation, 1970. Courtesy of Cook Inlet Historical Society and Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

COOK INLET HISTORICAL SOCIETY LECTURE: A panel discussion commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA).

This event took place on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Use this link to watch the recording (*email required):

Fifty years ago, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA) marked a shift in the Congressional approach to federal policy for Indigenous communities. The landmark passage of ANCSA created visionary for-profit corporations tasked with promoting the social, cultural, and economic advancement of their Alaska Native people and communities in perpetuity.

Moderated by Bill Schneider, president of the Alaska Historical Society and Emeritus Professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, panelists Rhonda McBride, Joaqlin Estus and Jon Butzke, award-winning journalists who have reported extensively on Alaska Native issues and ANCSA, will discuss ANCSA’s past, present and future legacy and their work reporting on it.


Rhonda McBride‘s passion for covering rural Alaska and Alaska Native issues began in 1988 at Bethel’s public radio and TV station, KYUK, where she was mentored by pioneering Yup’ik language broadcasters. Her work at KYUK sparked an interest in tracking the impacts of ANCSA in the region, a fascination that continues today, after more than 30 years. Most recently she hosted “Frontiers,” a TV show, which brought the faces, places and spirit of Alaska into living rooms across the state every Sunday for nearly five years. Currently, she is an arts and culture producer and talk-show host for Juneau’s public radio station, KTOO.

Joaqlin Estus is a staff reporter for Indian Country Today. Previously, she worked as the news director at KBNA 90.3 FM, an Anchorage-based radio station owned and operated by Alaska Natives. She has worked as a reporter at radio stations in Alaska and with Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul. As a USC Annenberg Fellowship National Health Journalism Fellow and Dennis Hunt grant recipient, she produced a radio series on the effects of the lack of running water and flush toilets on the health of thousands of Alaska Natives living in dozens of under-served rural villages.

Jon Butzke is Iñupiat, grew up in Anchorage and Nome area, with King Island and Wales ancestry. Jon’s company, Talking Circle Media, produces live statewide TV coverage of the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, the state’s largest convention. After more than three decades of shooting documentaries and other video projects, he has also documented the majority of ANCSA events and video interviews archiving ANCSA.