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For some Alaska Natives, the Bering Sea and an international border make it hard to go home

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Valentina Koonooka and her four daughters waited four days in an airport terminal in Nome, Alaska to take a less-than-two-hour flight across the Bering Sea to visit family in Russia.
For generations, residents in the area routinely crossed from island to island, moving freely across the US-Russia border.
However, in 1948 the border officially closed. In 1987, the "Ice Curtain" thawed slightly, but for transnational families, travel remains hard.
For Indigenous people crossing the Bering Strait, governments offer some initiatives, like the visa-free travel program - but it requires a formal...
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