Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

The principal of both the Nanwalek and Port Graham schools is retiring at the end of this month. Nancy Kleine served as a principal since 2013, and she won a Golden Apple Award from the district for her service this year.

Kleine said her greatest achievement is bringing in the ConnectEd grant from Apple. The school received iPads for each student in addition to technology for teachers and classrooms.  

Nanwalek Elder Nick Tanape dies at 72

May 8, 2018
Pratt Museum

A Nanwalek elder with substantial knowledge about Sugpiaq culture and traditions died last month. On April 21, Nick Tanape Sr. died from heart complications. He was 72-years-old.

A lifelong subsistence hunter and fisherman, Tanape was considered an expert on the subject.  

Scott Bartlett is the curator of exhibits of the Pratt Museum. He said Tanape was integral to the development of several exhibits.

“He was very open and sharing and teaching all that he could with his community and with the wider community and visitors, a very generous man,” he said.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - Oct. 9, 2017

Oct 11, 2017
Creative Commons

Ayuiqalraanga -
             I couldn't sleep last night.

Unuk nangpia ayuiqalraanga.

I couldn't sleep at all last night.

Photo Courtesy of Ron Keffer.

Nanwalek’s school has been struggling to find more space for its students for years. The school typically crams 75 to 80 kids into a facility that is built to hold 60 students. The issue has brought the school out of compliance with the state’s capacity formula for schools.  

Last year, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District had no plans to expand the facility, but on Monday, the school board unanimously voted to prioritize solving the issue.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week for May 22, 2017

May 25, 2017

Alakaa ai: Gee whiz

Alakaa ai, nutann kiimi piturtua sarsalua!


Gee whiz,  I'm just now eating and having tea!

Sug'stun Word of the Week for May 1, 2017

May 1, 2017
JW Heldermon Photography

Pituugaaq: Rooster.

Pituugaankuk Kuulicaani-llu katrilariik.

Translation: The rooster and his hen went square dancing.

Sug'stun Word of the Week for April 24, 2017

Apr 24, 2017
Shahla Farzan

Qanerki'iluni: To send a message.

Mic'uk qanerki'ilraa KBBI-Kun unuaqu tuyurciqniluta qaigyamek.

Translation: Mickey sent word through KBBI airwaves that he will send us a seal tomorrow.

Sug'stun Word of the Week for April 17, 2017

Apr 17, 2017
Shahla Farzan

Qayu ai: Sure uh (isn't it so).

Qayu ai, Apaam ing'iq mayullruuga.

Translation: Isn't it so- sure uh- Grandpa has climbed the mountain before.

Shahla Farzan

Sulunaq: Salted fish.

Angiciluta qakiyat nasquitnek sulunanek taumi unami qasarluta.

Translation: Let's soak some salted silver salmon heads and eat them with fried bread in the morning.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week for April 3, 2017

Apr 3, 2017
Daysha Eaton

Ut'arlluni: to make a quick return.

Aguanga Angegkitaqnumen ut'arllua.

Translation: I'm going to Seldovia and I'll make a quick return.