Eroding AK village documents relocation on website

A western Alaska village squeezed in by erosion has a new website documenting its efforts to someday relocate.

The Yup’ik Eskimo community of Newtok has begun developing a new community at a place called Mertarvik, nine miles across a river.

The website, newtokmoves.org, aims to follow the multi-agency endeavor with regular updates. There is a tab for donations on the site, which states the village wants to raise money rather than relying solely on limited government funding.

Since the work began several years ago, Newtok has made gradual progress on developing Mertarvik including construction of the foundation for an emergency evacuation center that later will be used as tribal offices, a clinic and community hall.

The website says no progress has been made since six homes were completed last year.