Alaska Federation of Natives


Bystander, Rosita Worl, Senator Kookesh, Mary

This was a full week.  On Tuesday we had our second bill hearing on Waste water and Sewage Task Force.  We spent Monday and Tuesday preparing.  I testified as a state resident.  I testified that the Pentagon has spent 2.2 billion in contracts for water and sewer plants in Southern Iraq and yet we have WWII vet including my grandfather that have to dump their five-gallon honey buckets on a by-weekly basis.  Tuesday night was the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) reception.  Wednesday was the AFN meeting and the Tlingit and Haida hosted Native Forum.  My boss, Senator Kookesh, and Julie Kitka spoke to Alaska Native issues at both the state and federal level (click here to listen).  Senator Kookesh postulated about being king for a day and his priorities would be education: the merit scholarship program monies would go towards Headstart, and a quarter of the permanent fund could be put aside for an education endowment, a quarter for energy and transportation endowment, and the other half for dividends. He ended with the future promises of Alaska Native leaders and introduced people of the younger generation in the room.  I then wrote and spoke to an AFN resolution in support for SB 147, waste water and sewage task force, AFN passed it.  Thursday was filled with meetings, state affairs, transportation, and community and regional affairs.  I was shadowing Nancy to sit-in as committee aide one day perhaps.

2 thoughts on “Alaska Federation of Natives

  1. Lena says:

    I just got goosebumps reading about your testimony. Way to go, girl! It is beyond my comprehension to understand why this disparity exists when we clearly have the resources to provide basic services to our own citizens. It it saddens me to see the priorities of our government that are illustrated to us when we look at where the money goes — education is on the bottom, while war is on the top. Keep up your good work! We need more of you in government.

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