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Northern Politics and Government Premier Adjusts Deputy Minister Responsibilities
Jun 6, 2008 – Iqaluit – Premier Paul Okalik has realigned Deputy Minister responsibilities as the second legislative assembly continues to work towards realizing the goals of Pinasuaqtavut. Aluki Rojas will leave her post... Read the rest

Nunavut Legislative Assembly Approves Official Languages Act
Jun 5, 2008 – Iqaluit – The Nunavut Legislative Assembly has passed an Official Languages Act marking a significant achievement in the second legislative assembly’s stated goal of strengthening Inuit culture.   “This is... Read the rest

Nunavut Corporate Registry Goes Electronic
Jun 3, 2008 – Iqaluit – Physical location within Nunavut will no longer be an obstacle to speedy processing of corporate registrations. The Department of Justice has taken a key first step in modernizing... Read the rest

Premier Roland secures support for Key NWT Priorities from Western Premiers
Jun 2, 2008 – Yellowknife -- Northwest Territories (NWT) Premier Floyd Roland promoted his vision for the NWT and secured the support of his fellow Premiers on priority issues for the Northwest Territories –... Read the rest



Community Health, Education and Safety Drive Alive! is Joining Forces with BHP Billiton
Jun 5, 2008 – Yellowknife -- The Department of Transportation’s Drive Alive! transportation safety information program, is joining forces with BHP Billiton to help keep young bicyclists safe announced the Minister of Transportation Norman... Read the rest

Governor Palin Signs Omnibus Crime Bill
Jun 5, 2008 – Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin today signed Senate Bill 265 into law. During the legislative session, several crime bills, including the Governor’s crime bill, were rolled into SB 265.... Read the rest

Michael Jeffery Named to Barrow Court
May 29, 2008 – Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin today appointed Michael I. Jeffery to the Barrow Superior Court. Jeffery, 63, has lived in Barrow for 31 years and has a long record... Read the rest

Governor Palin Honors International Excellence with North Star Awards
May 28, 2008 – Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Sarah Palin yesterday presented businesses, international organizations and an elementary school with the first Governor's North Star Awards for International Excellence. The Governor announced the awards... Read the rest



Dollars and Sense: Northern Business and Economy My Turn: Opportunity in a post-Arctic world
Dec 13, 2009 – With the Copenhagen climate summit now underway and President Obama planning to attend the final days of negotiations in the hope a presidential surge will help achieve a deal, the... Read the rest

MARAD to Host Arctic Shipping Conference in DC
Jun 4, 2008 – The principal mission of the Maritime Administration is to promote efficient, effective, safe, secure and environmentally sound maritime commerce, and enhance the U.S. merchant marine. This conference will bring together... Read the rest

Nunavut Ministers Lobby for Federal Fishery Support
Jun 3, 2008 – Iqaluit – Patterk Netser, Nunavut’s Minister of Economic Development & Transportation, and Olayuk Akesuk, Nunavut’s Minister of Environment, took a strong stand on the importance of the fishery to Nunavut’s... Read the rest

Arctic Oil Rush Begins
Jun 1, 2008 – Officials from the five nations with Arctic coastlines have been meeting in Greenland for talks on the territorial status of the polar region. According to geologists, 25% of the world's... Read the rest



Energy and Resources NWT Government Supports and Welcomes Significant Investments in Arctic Exploration
Jun 6, 2008 – Yellowknife -- Premier Roland welcomed companies tendering bids to explore for oil and gas in the Beaufort Sea and Mackenzie Valley and Central Mackenzie Delta, saying that such significant investment... Read the rest

Ottawa and Inuvialuit Welcome New Oil and Gas Licenses
Jun 6, 2008 – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, together with Nellie Cournoyea, Chair and CEO of the Inuvialuit Regional... Read the rest

Kenai LNG Export License Approved: Palin pleased with decision
Jun 3, 2008 – Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin today lauded the decision by the U.S. Energy Department to approve the application of Marathon Oil Corporation and ConocoPhillips for an extension of the... Read the rest

Stage Set for New Arctic Energy Rush: Bids close today for 1.15 million hectares thought to contain untapped wealth of crude oil and natural gas
Jun 2, 2008 – After years of neglect, oil companies are heading north again in their search for crude oil and natural gas reserves, though they continue to face daunting challenges in getting to... Read the rest



Cold Front: Defense, Diplomacy and Security It Takes a Village: Hillary Warms Up to Inuit Rights
Apr 1, 2010 – Less than a year ago – on April 28, 2009 – a delegation of Inuit leaders from Greenland, Canada, Alaska, and Russia presented the Circumpolar Inuit Declaration on Arctic Sovereignty... Read the rest

Cold Front: Lessons from History
Mar 24, 2010 – As the Arctic continues to thaw, and with its thaw, to integrate with the world ocean and the maritime economy that unites the world, the question of which of America’s... Read the rest

The End of the World as We Know It?
Nov 15, 2009 – A Q&A with Barry Zellen on his new book, Arctic Doom, Arctic Boom: The Geopolitics of Climate Change in the Arctic Alaska Report: Tell us about your new book, Arctic... Read the rest

Tribe, State, and War: Balancing the Subcomponents of World Order
Nov 1, 2009 – The American grand strategic experience has been framed largely as the historic triumph of democracy over tyranny, and in its evolution as a state, from agrarian society to modern-industrial superpower,... Read the rest



Destinations: Northern Travel and Transportation Alaska Airlines to Paint Plane in Honor of Alaska?s 50th Anniversary: Design to be selected through statewide contest for children
May 30, 2008 – Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Sarah Palin, along with representatives from the Alaska Statehood Celebration Commission, the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development and Alaska Airlines announced a “Paint the... Read the rest

Merv Hardie Ferry Operating With Limited Hours
May 14, 2008 – Yellowknife – Operations of the Merv Hardie ferry, which crosses the Mackenzie River near Fort Providence, have commenced. The ferry is operating on an "on demand" basis for 13 hours... Read the rest

Mackenzie River Crossing at Fort Providence to Close on Monday
Apr 11, 2008 – Yellowknife – The Mackenzie River ice crossing on Highway 3 at Fort Providence will close today at 5 p.m. for cars and other small vehicles with low clearance, and will... Read the rest

The Three Northern Territories Jointly Release ?Northern Connections: A Multi-Modal Transportation Blueprint for the North?
Apr 8, 2008 – Yellowknife – The Ministers Responsible for Transportation for Yukon, Nunavut and Northwest Territories have jointly released Northern Connections: A Multi-Modal Transportation Blueprint for the North. The transportation blueprint outlines a... Read the rest



Arctic West Summer Expedition Update, VI: April 28, 2008
Apr 28, 2008 – As I write this we are just less than 100 nautical miles south of St. Lawrence Island in ice at least three feet thick. There are scientists on the ice... Read the rest

Arctic West Summer Expedition Update, V: April 17, 2008
Apr 17, 2008 – Over the past week we have continued to make steady progress through the ice covered part of the Bering Sea. On even days we do what the scientists call "process... Read the rest

Arctic West Summer Expedition Update, IV: April 8, 2008
Apr 8, 2008 – We've been in the ice and working hard ever since my last posting. Several equipment casualties have kept the engineers very busy, but their creative solutions have allowed the ship... Read the rest

Arctic West Summer Expedition Update, III: April 1, 2008
Apr 1, 2008 – Currently we are back in the ice and back to doing science. 0801 ended quite well for most of the scientists. Unfortunately the group studying the diving sea ducks (Spectacled... Read the rest



Fire and Ice: Science, Nature and Environment From Climategate to Copenhagen: Time for a Far Northern Perspective
Dec 13, 2009 – With the fractious Copenhagen climate summit nearing its end, and President Obama planning to attend the final day of negotiations in the hope a presidential "surge" will help to close... Read the rest

Climate change could warm Arctic economy
Oct 16, 2008 – Two experts on Arctic development recently visited Alaska to sound optimistic notes on climate change. While the president of Iceland, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, and author Barry Scott Zellen said the... Read the rest

Could Methane Trigger a Climate Doomsday Within a Human Lifespan?
May 28, 2008 – A new paper published appearing Thursday in the prestigious scientific journal Nature presents the worst-case scenario for runaway climate change that could leave the Earth entirely ice-free within a generation.... Read the rest

NASA Lander "Phoenix" Sends First Pictures of Martian Arctic
May 26, 2008 – NASA scientists are pouring over photographs sent from the Phoenix spacecraft after it landed on Mars late Sunday. VOA's Brian Wagner reports the team is readying the craft to begin... Read the rest



Arts, Culture and Heritage Dumb-Founded
Apr 15, 2010 –   This is a play about justice in the North; it seeks to capture by way of satire and exaggeration the inherent injustices faced by aboriginal Natives in the criminal... Read the rest

Return to the State of Nature
Apr 14, 2010 – I.    Many years ago, I lived down in the Mackenzie Delta, wearing the hat of a small town journalist, with the coolest job in the world, publishing a bilingual... Read the rest

Book Review: On Thin Ice, "A must read from the troubador of the land of the midnight sun"
Feb 23, 2010 – In On Thin Ice, Barry Scott Zellen poses tough questions about Canada's claims to a vast swathe of the soon-to-be hotly contested resource-rich Arctic. Zellen not only shows how much... Read the rest

President Obama: It?s Time for TRIBALCOM
Oct 26, 2009 – Tribal Conflict, the War on Terror, and the need for a new Unified Combatant Command Coalitional warfare with sub-state tribal allies has become an increasingly important method to ensure victory... Read the rest



Village Journey: Aboriginal Rights and Empowerment Ottawa, the Inuit, and the Americans: High North Diplomacy
Apr 5, 2010 – Less than a year ago – on April 28, 2009 – a delegation of Inuit leaders from Greenland, Canada, Alaska, and Russia unveiled the Circumpolar Inuit Declaration on Arctic Sovereignty... Read the rest

Book Review: Peoples of the Earth: A sensitive & comprehensive portrait of the First Peoples of the 'New World'
Mar 12, 2010 – Peoples of the Earth: Ethnonationalism, Democracy, and the Indigenous Challenge in 'Latin' America by Martin Edwin Andersen (Lexington Books, March 2010), 296 pages.  Peoples of the Earth: Ethnonationalism, Democracy, and... Read the rest

Announcing: On Thin Ice: The Inuit, the State & the Challenge of Arctic Sovereignty
Nov 28, 2009 – Barry Scott Zellen's sequel to Breaking the Ice: From Land Claims to Tribal Sovereignty in the Arctic, titled On Thin Ice: The Inuit, the State and the Challenge of Arctic... Read the rest

Time for North Corps!
Nov 26, 2009 – It's time for a circumpolar North Corps program, modeled on the Peace Corps, to help the Arctic to achieve its full potential. Securing the Northern Front In the years since... Read the rest



Indigenous Culture and Traditions Book Review: Peoples of the Earth: A sensitive & comprehensive portrait of the First Peoples of the 'New World'
Mar 12, 2010 – Peoples of the Earth: Ethnonationalism, Democracy, and the Indigenous Challenge in 'Latin' America by Martin Edwin Andersen (Lexington Books, March 2010), 296 pages.  Peoples of the Earth: Ethnonationalism, Democracy, and... Read the rest

Lessons Learned on Leadership: An Inuit Perspective
Jun 4, 2008 – It is a great honour for me to be here today. I thank the organizers for having the vision to invite an Inuit leader to share ideas with you on... Read the rest

Traditional Skills Strengthen Cultural Links for Youth
Jun 3, 2008 – Over 100 students from the Kalemi Dene School in N’dilo and the Kaw Tay Whee School in Dettah are learning and applying traditional life skills over the next two weeks... Read the rest

United Nations Forum Calls on Governments to Immediately Support Indigenous Language Revitalization
May 27, 2008 – Iqaluit – The Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth welcomes the recent calls for action from the international community to stop the rapid erosion of indigenous languages. The United Nations... Read the rest



Team Spirit: Sports and Recreation Northern Journey of the Olympic Torch Warms the Heart of Arctic Communities
Nov 12, 2009 – The Olympic torch, and its zigzagging odyssey across the top of the world, has done more to unite Canada's North and South than all of Ottawa's recent efforts to reassert... Read the rest

Get Winter Active 2008 Wraps Up
May 7, 2008 – Yellowknife - Cold temperatures and short days did not prevent Northwest Territories residents from getting active this winter. Today, the Honourable Michael McLeod, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs announced... Read the rest

Governor Palin Signs House Bill 37 Honoring Susan Butcher
Mar 1, 2008 – Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin today honored the late musher Susan Butcher during a ceremonial bill signing just prior to the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race... Read the rest

'Healthy Eating' Focus of New Initiative for Polar Games
Feb 26, 2008 – WHITEHORSE – When some 700 students converge at the Canada Games Centre this Friday, they’ll hear a new Polar Games message. Health and Social Services Minister Brad Cathers today announced... Read the rest



Up Here: Life North of Sixty Writers (Still) Wanted!
Mar 31, 2008 – Attention aspiring writers, story tellers, and travel bloggers: we're seeking new columnists, travel writers and news/current affairs commentators for all our sites at Obscurity Press! - If you live in... Read the rest

Our Governor is Better Looking than Yours!
Feb 22, 2008 – This is an open letter to all other citizens of the United States: our Governor is better looking than your Governor.   That's it -- period. No questions asked.  ... Read the rest

Cabin Log
Nov 15, 2007 – This is a record of a noble experiment conducted by me, Erint Bouncey. With this journal I will record my experiences of the next month over Christmas vacation during which... Read the rest

Bottled Water: Bringing the Mountains to Mohammed and the Water to Alaska
Aug 16, 2007 – Bottled water -- who could ever, outside of professional con men such as P.T. Barnum and Soapy Smith, would ever have thought that it would be possible to put water... Read the rest



Reader Reactions: Letters to the Editor Reader Reactions
Nov 29, 2007 – $15 Shots -- Can Anyone Top This? Colin Saunders writes: Re: Dunkin' For Lattes by Barry Zellen (March 24, 2004) Dear Editor, I found your story pretty nice about the... Read the rest


About TheSourdough We'll Meet Again: TheSourdough is going into hibernation!
Oct 15, 2015 – Dearest Readers, We thank you for your kind support and encouragement since we launched TheSourdough, but are sad to announce we experienced a near-total server failure. We've been able to... Read the rest

Introducing: TheSourdough
Apr 1, 2001 – We are proud and excited to introduce to you our newly renamed circumpolar web publication, TheSourdough! Formerly titled HeartbeatoftheNorth, we've adopted the name of that iconic, hardy northerner who bravely... Read the rest


Archival Selections Media & Aboriginal Culture: An Evolving Relationship
Jul 31, 1998 – An introduction to the Summer 1998 edition of Cultural Survival, on "Aboriginal Media, Aboriginal Control" that was guest edited by Barry Zellen. When print and electronic media first entered Indian... Read the rest

Surf’s Up: NWT’s Indigenous Communities Await a Tidal Wave of Electronic Information
Apr 1, 1998 – Fred Lepine, a Metis writer, musician, and philosopher who resides in Hay River, Northwest Territories (NWT), took his first ride down the information highway just two short years ago, and... Read the rest

Aboriginal Culture Breathes Fresh Air: CKLB tastes assimilation and fights back
Jan 1, 1998 – Barry Zellen describes Yellowknife's CKLB-FM 101.9's long trek to re-assert its Aboriginal identity and rejoin the battle to sustain Aboriginal language and culture. In 1971, the Dene Nation established an... Read the rest

Lights! Camera! Aboriginal Youth!
Jul 1, 1997 – Some students in the NWT are getting a first-hand look at the world of film-making. The Native Communications Society (NCS), in a bid to train young Dene people, has launched... Read the rest



Jobs North: Employment Listings North of Sixty Copy Editor/Page Designer at Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
May 30, 2008 – The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner needs a sharp and versatile editor with pagination skills for its copy desk. The News-Miner is an 18,000 circ. daily covering Alaska's interior region, but you... Read the rest

Reporter Needed at Ketchikan Daily News
May 14, 2008 – Seeking an experienced reporter with a love for writing and reporting, who recognizes the importance of attention to detail. Must be proficient in grammar and punctuation. Layout and design experience... Read the rest

Kodiak Daily Mirror Needs Fisheries/General Assignment Reporter
May 13, 2008 – Kodiak Island daily needs bright, qualified reporters for a full time positions. If you are an experienced (1-2 years) news writer with an affinity for community journalism, an adventuresome spirit... Read the rest

Juneau Empire Seeks Sports Editor
Apr 29, 2008 – The Juneau Empire, Alaska's capital daily, is seeking someone to head its one-person sports department. The job is ideal for a talented sports reporter eager to take the next step... Read the rest


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