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Shell files pre-emptive offshore drilling lawsuit

Shell Oil Co. has filed a pre-emptive lawsuit against 11 Alaska Native and environmental organizations, asking a federal judge to rule on its spill response plan in the Chukchi (CHUK'-chee) Sea before the organizations sue to challenge it. Full story

Groups challenge Shell Oil's Arctic air permit

Environmental and Alaska Native groups will try to keep Shell Oil out of Arctic waters this summer by appealing an air permit that was granted by the Environmental Protection Agency. Full story

Agencies pledge science-based Arctic decisions

The federal government will make a renewed commitment to incorporate science into Arctic energy decisions, the Interior Department's deputy secretary said Tuesday, including development of a tool used in the government response to the BP oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. Full story

Alaska contracting scandal sparks call for House probe

A key lawmaker urged Congress on Wednesday to probe whether a program aimed at awarding no-bid federal contracts to Native-owned corporations in Alaska was especially vulnerable to fraud and abuse. Full story

Study finds tooth decay prevalent among Alaska Native children

Alaska Native children in remote villages have rates of tooth decay about four times the national average, a government study showed on Thursday. Full story

Alaska Natives gain foothold in tourism

Alaska Natives have established a solid foundation in the state's tourism industry, captivating visitors with their dances and songs, their art and a history as varied as the tribes themselves. Full story

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