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Hats off to Alaska’s U.S. senators, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, for stepping up to right an oversight in the 1971 Alaska Native Lands Claim Settlement Act, which bypassed several Southeast Alaska Native communities.

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Today's the final day to apply for the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend — don't miss the opportunity.

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Caroline Lucille Hendrixson, 90, died March 27, 2015, in Ketchikan.
Ira Marlin Gross, 55, died Feb. 12, 2015, in Anchorage.
James Michael Beard, 59, died March 13, 2015, in Ketchikan.
4/17/2014
Skip the trip

Stay home.

Save the expense of a trip to Alaska.

The Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., says it's sending protesters to the Alaska Native Heritage Center on June 1.

Church members are offended by what they call “idols” at the center. Beyond that, they just don't seem to like Alaska's Native cultures very much.

But it takes a willful ignorance to see idols in artifacts, or to automatically see unholiness in another culture.

Possessing high regard for the artifacts at the Alaska Native Heritage Center is not idolatry. Explaining Alaska's Native cultures is no sin.

We suggest that the Kansas church members stay home and find constructive ways to improve their own communities.

Alaska and Alaskans can take care of Alaska and Alaskans.