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Emmonak

Emmonak man seeks food airlift to combat economic crisis
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Emmonak donations ˜a miracle of caring
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Surrounded by cold, hunger and slim hopes
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Nunam Iqua

Shopping Day in Nunam Iqua
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No store in Nunam Iqua increases food costs
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Tuluksak

In rural Alaska, villagers suffer in near silence
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Ugashik

Letter: Hardship exists on the Alaska Peninsula, too
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In the news

07-Feb-09
Palin vs. Ramras

State Rep. Jay Ramras asks for compasionate aid - SP fights back
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07-Feb-09
John Moller of Unalaska named rural adviser to Palin

Sarah Palin appoints former crab fisherman from Unalaska to post
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12-Feb-09
Palin says she plans to travel to struggling villages

The governor said again she's willing to travel to rural villages, but some villagers are wondering when that's going to happen.
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30-Jan-09
A View of Rural Alaska - Part 1

The first of several videos to come from Dennis Zakis trip to rural Alaska.
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30-Jan-09
Letter to the world from rural Alaska

Alaska Native village hits the media, flashes through the blog world and brings Alaska state officials to the scene
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30-Jan-09
State pieces together plan to help rural Alaska

Why Alaska can't declare a state of emergency...
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31-Jan-09
Palin lying low during Washington trip

Trip appears to be a continuation of efforts to gain credibility within the party for Palin.
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This is Rural Alaska.

It took one voice, Mr Tucker's, to start this.

It took an Ann Strongheart to humanize the problems.

If we sit very still we can hear all our neighbors out there...


-- An Anonymous Blogger     

Many people in Alaska's Yukon Delta live a traditional rural life. They fish for salmon during the summer to preserve for the long winter months and sell the surplus, using the proceeds to purchase fuel oil to stockpile for the winter months.

This year the salmon run was far below expectations. In addition, an unanticipated early freeze prevented the necessary heating oil from being delivered by surface transportation and now all fuel must be flown into the area.

The price of fuel when these villages contracted their winter supply was at an all time high so costs far exceed the average of previous years.

There is an extreme shortage of food as well. When available, food costs are at least twice what it costs in the lower 48. Now it's scarce.

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Breaking News: It's not just the Yukon Delta...

Letter: Hardship exists on the Alaska Peninsula, too

Victoria Briggs
Ugashik
February 06, 2009 at 1:28PM AKST

Before you read any farther please realize we are not putting our hand out for assistance, but certainly do need it! I am a resident in a village that is very small, 10-12 full time residents, that face many of the same issues that the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta does.

Next to us is a village of 68 that has two additional issues - no wood in the area to burn, same as for us. And, for over the last month or more, they had no fuel (propane) for cooking!

Pilot Point, the village near us, was part of a missed fuel delivery that included the winter propane for cooking for the village. They have had to fly it in. I believe it has now finally arrived, costing over $400 for a 100-pound bottle! Villagers have been out for months and food prep has gotten really dicey for most. Now the extra cost that no one can afford. How long will 100 pounds of fuel last?

Our moose population is so low, and we have no caribou to hunt, that only 7 moose were taken from this population this year. Outside sport hunters in Game Management Unit 9E got six. I believe only one family got a moose between the two villages.

Top that off with that two-thirds of our salmon harvest did not show up for whatever reason and you have villages on the Alaska Peninsula facing the same darn thing as the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta.

We need and want a housing inspector out so we can try and take advantage of the weatherization programs we JUST heard about, but a lack of inspectors hurt us too -- as will the fees to hire them -- but we will try.

Village fuel is over $5 for heating fuel and still more for gas, so somewhat better than on the delta but that is also hurting us given that we are now in our second period of negative temperatures so far this winter. We have almost no snow cover to help insulate or provide us the ability to travel.

Neither village has a store and getting food in from King Salmon is over a $1 a pound thus no one gets fresh stuff as we just can't do it. Pantries are very thin and all of the villagers are hurting as I believe they haven't in many years.

Top all this off, we are still waiting on the 'free fuel' from Hugo Chavez we have had for the last few years.

Please realize in your coverage that there has to be still more people and villages of western Alaska that are desperate also -- just not as vocal! We are trying to help ourselves but given the circumstances, it is darn hard.

Respectfully,
Victoria Briggs, Ugashik

From The Tundra Drums - February 6,2009


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A View of Rural Alaska - Part 1

The first of several videos to come from Dennis Zakis trip to rural Alaska.
Website



John Moller of Unalaska named rural adviser to Palin

Sarah Palin appoints former crab fisherman from Unalaska to post
Website



Letter to the world from rural Alaska

Alaska Native village hits the media, flashes through the blog world and brings Alaska state officials to the scene
Website



Palin lying low during Washington trip

Trip appears to be a continuation of efforts to gain credibility within the party for Palin.
Website



Palin says she plans to travel to struggling villages

The governor said again she's willing to travel to rural villages, but some villagers are wondering when that's going to happen.
Website



Palin vs. Ramras

State Rep. Jay Ramras asks for compasionate aid - SP fights back
Website



Progressive Alaska

Spreading the word about the growing presence of progressive Alaskans and their powerful ideas on the web
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RAM HEALTH AND VETERINARY TEAMS

Group ready and willing to visit Alaska but having trouble receiving permission from state officials.
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State pieces together plan to help rural Alaska

Why Alaska can't declare a state of emergency...
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Donate via Span Alaska

Contact information for making food donations to Nunam Iqua or Tuluksak.
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Help Nunam Iqua

Donate directly to a village in the Yukon Delta.
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Help Ugashik/Pilot Point

Two small villages on the Alaskan Peninsula need food staples.
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Resources


Alaskan Federation of Natives

The mission of AFN is to enhance and promote the cultural, economic and political voice of the entire Alaska Native community.
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PalinHoaxInRealLivePhotos

Photo archive of Sarah Palin's unbelievable birth story. Holding Sarah accountable through visibility!
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