U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan spoke at Alaska Federation of Natives last week about improving water and sewer access in rural Alaska and about helping Alaska Native veterans.
Sullivan said that he is working to raise awareness in Congress about the more than 30 villages that still don’t have running water or sewers.
The federal government will give $1.4 Billion dollars nationwide to build new systems, but Sullivan says they need to start putting the money to work.
“The bottom line is we have to get our federal agencies to stop studying these issues and start helping us build these important infrastructure projects that are going to help our communities.”
Sullivan is also working on a bill addressing military veterans who missed the opportunity to apply for native allotments because they were on active duty. The bill would give the veterans and their families the chance to apply now.
Related stories from around the North:
Canada: Addressing northern food insecurity, Blog by Heather Exner-Pirot
Finland: Huge differences in Finland’s tapwater prices: study, Yle News
Greenland: Greenland – barrels of oil and bottles of water, Blog by Mia Bennett
Sweden: Cost of drinking water expected to soar in Sweden, Radio Sweden
United States: Arctic-wide project aims to improve home water service, Alaska Dispatch News