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October 20, 2011

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The Senate will continue to consider amendments to the 'minibus,' which is a comprehensive package to include FY 2012 funding for Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science, and Transportation-HUD appropriation bills. The House is not in session.


Alaska Federation of Natives, October 20-22. The AFN Convention (October 20 to October 22) is the largest representative annual gathering in the United States of any Native peoples. Delegates are elected on a population formula of one representative per twenty-five Native residents in the area and delegate participation rates at the annual convention typically exceed 95 percent. Each year the AFN Convention draws between 4,000-5,000 attendees. The proceedings are broadcast live via television, radio and webcast reaching a diverse audience from Barrow to Ketchikan, from the Aleutian Chain to the Canadian border. During the convention, the entire state of Alaska is blanketed with discussions on current events and issues. International observers are present at most meetings, both exchanging information and learning from the Alaska Native experience. 

Media Reviewtodaysevents    


Rand Paul'No Child Left Behind' Overhaul Hits a Speed Bump. The bipartisan effort to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act hit a major speed bump Wednesday when Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) shut down a markup of the bill after complaining that it was being rushed through. Paul, who opposes No Child Left Behind and has proposed abolishing the Department of Education, complained the bill was being railroaded through the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee with no public hearings or time to read the bill. Roll Call 


Reid Sets Up Votes to Push 'Minibus' Forward. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expressed renewed optimism that the Senate could pass a fiscal 2012 spending package on Thursday as he took procedural steps late Wednesday to move it to completion. Reid, D-Nev., and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said they remain committed to passing the appropriations "minibus" (HR 2112), although it is clearly taking longer than they had hoped. Congressional Quarterly


canadian flagCanada Boosts Shipbuilding... Canada plans to spend $33 billion to revitalize the Navy and Coast Guard with 28 large vessels over the next 30 years. The government program is the largest in the country's history. The new vessels will play an important role as Canada asserts its sovereignty claims in the Arctic. Barents Observer 

...But Cuts Funding for University of the Arctic.
IQALUIT - The federal government has pulled back on its commitment to the University of the Arctic.
Since last year, Ottawa has cut more than three-quarters of the money it gives to UArctic, a "university without walls" that includes a network of more than 140 universities and colleges around the circumpolar world.The funding cut - from a total of more than $700,000 down to about $150,000 - means Canada will lose the office it hosted at the University of Saskatchewan. Vancouver Sun 


Arctic Patrol Ship Contract to Set Sail by Summer: Designs complete; yards to build vessels will be announced soon. The Canadian Forces expects to have a contract in place for a new fleet of Arctic patrol ships by next summer, the first major purchase under the government's soon-to-be announced national shipbuilding strategy, according to documents obtained by the Ottawa Citizen. Navy officers have much of the background work on the ships already completed, with a firm in Kanata, Ont., near Ottawa, working on the engineering aspects of the vessels and a European company on the design. The Montreal Gazette


YoungRep. Young Participates in Sea Lion Field Hearing. Alaska Congressman Don Young participated in a field hearing today in Seattle held by the House Natural Resources Committee. The hearing focused on the science behind the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Steller Sea Lion Biological Opinion (BiOp) and the economic impacts of the fishery restrictions that result from it. Congressman Don Young  

Legislative Actionfutureevents  


H.R. 2112, the legislative vehicle used to fund FY 2012 government operations for Transportation-HUD, Commerce-Justice-Science, and Agriculture. (Kingston, considered in the Senate)


S. 1262, Native Culture, Language, and Access for Success in Schools Act (Akaka, Senate committee hearing scheduled)

Future Events                                   



AGU Fall Meeting, December 5-9, 2011. The American Geophysical Union's ("AGU") Fall Meeting to connect with colleagues, broaden their knowledge base, and embrace the joy of science.  The groundbreaking research presented at this world-renowned event is critical to advancing our understanding of the natural world and to addressing the challenges society faces as they relate to our science. As an organization, AGU works to unite Earth and space scientists who are dedicated to the common goal: scientific discovery for the benefit of humanity.  One of the most important ways we do this is through the Fall Meeting - an event that embodies who we are as a scientific organization and that is key to helping us achieve our organizational mission, vision and goals. 


Alaska Marine Science Symposium, January 16-20, 2012. The symposium was first held in 2002 to connect scientists in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and beyond in an effort to collaborate and communicate on research activities in the marine regions off Alaska. There will be plenary and poster sessions featuring a broad spectrum of ocean science on issues of climate, oceanography, lower trophic levels, the benthos, fish and invertebrates, seabirds, marine mammals, local and traditional knowledge, and socioeconomic research. There will also be speakers, workshops and special sessions. 


Arctic Science Summit Week 2012, April 20-22, 2012. The summit will provide opportunities for international coordination, collaboration and cooperation in all areas of Arctic science. Side meetings organized by stakeholders in Arctic science and policy are also expected. More information to follow. 


From Knowledge to Action, April 22-27, 2012. The conference will bring together over 2,000 Arctic and Antarctic researchers, policy and decision-makers, and a broad range of interested parties from academia, industry, non-government, education and circumpolar communities including indigenous peoples. The conference is hosted by the Canadian IPY Program Office in partnership with the National Research Council of Canada, among other groups. Each day of the conference will feature a program of keynote speakers, plenary panel discussions, parallel science sessions, as well as dedicated poster sessions. The conference-wide plenaries will explore themes related to topics of polar change, global linkages, communities and health, ecosystem services, infrastructure, resources and security. Other sessions will provide the opportunity to present and discuss the application of research findings, policy implications and how to take polar knowledge to action. 


The Tenth International Conference on Permafrost, June 2012. The conference will be held in Tyumen, Russia, and is organized and hosted by Russia. The last conference was held in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 2008. Details to follow.  


The Arctic Imperative Summit, July 29-August 1, 2012. The summit will be hosted by Alaska Dispatch and will bring together leading voices in this conversation, including residents from the small villages that comprise Alaska's coastal communities; state, national and international leaders; the heads of shipping and industry; as well as international policymakers and the news media. The goal of the summit is to sharpen the focus on the policy and investment needs of Alaska's Arctic through a series of high level meetings, presentations, investor roundtables and original research.


15th International Congress on Circumpolar Heath, August 5-10, 2012. This kivalina girlevent is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Society for Circumpolar Health, and the International Union for Circumpolar Health.  The forum will consider community participatory research and indigenous research; women's health, family health, and well-being; food security and nutrition; social determinants of health; environmental and occupational health; infectious and chronic diseases; climate change health impacts; health service delivery and infrastructure; and behavioral health.


Arctic/Inuit/Connections: Learning from the Top of the World , October 24-28, 2012.  The 18th Inuit Studies Conference, hosted by the Smithsonian Institution, will be held in Washington, DC. The conference will consider heritage museums and the North; globalization: an Arctic story; power, governance and politics in the North; the '"new" Arctic: social, cultural and climate change; and Inuit education, health, language, and literature. For more information, please email Lauren Marr.


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