Amid tears and laughter, Native leaders spoke at the signing ceremony about the legislation as a way to heal a painful past and create more opportunities for productive partnership with state government in the future.
Those who support Senate Bill 34 say it would lead to a drastic improvement in education for Alaska Native communities.
Community members across Bethel have been stepping in to help the stranded travelers by donating food and household items.
The initiative wouldn’t give tribes any new powers because they are inherently sovereign. Instead, the initiative aims to have the state acknowledge that sovereignty.
One bill would expand the use of telehealth care, while another would allow Alaska to join a compact with other states to make it easier for nurses to be licensed in Alaska. Hospital leaders told lawmakers that it’s most important that the state act quickly, no matter the method.
YKHC said the policy started last Thursday due to the surge in COVID-19 cases from the delta variant and the state’s limited critical care infrastructure.
The Alaska House of Representatives has passed two bills sponsored by Representative Tiffany Zulkosky, D-Bethel.
House Bill 123 has 12 co-sponsors in the House. It has passed through the Tribal Affairs Committee and the State Affairs Committee and is headed to the House floor for a vote.
Support for Haaland is widespread in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Region, where many prominent female leaders have backed Haaland.
Gov. Dunleavy has yet to declare a state-level disaster to address Tuluksak’s water crisis. In doing so, he’s holding back up to $1 million in disaster relief funding for the village.