Native Peoples Action strives to provide Alaska Native communities and our traditional values with a voice at all levels of policy making. We will leverage our strong Alaska Native community networks to build a volunteer base to provide confidence, encouragement, and guidance in connecting Alaska Native traditional values and political candidates, proposed policies, and land management.
RESTORE THE FUNDING, REVERSE THE SWEEP: Gov. Dunleavy's budget cuts of $444 million with 182 line item vetoes will have drastic and lasting impacts now and into the future. His cuts pose a direct threat to the health, safety, and wellbeing of Alaskans and will send our state back into recession. These budget cuts are having real impacts on the livelihood and wellbeing of thousands of Alaskans already:
- Seniors are without benefits - no assistance for food or daily care.
- Medicaid recipients are without dental care.
- Hundreds of families are worried about childcare.
- Rural youth facilities are sending children out of state.
- The Alaska State Council on the Arts has closed it's doors.
- The Univeristy of Alaska is moving toward declaring and filing for exigency (bankruptcy)
- Homeless shelters are closing their doors and decreasing the amount of available beds
- Employees are being laid off, furloughs have been given, and Alaska residents are considering moving.
Contact your legislators and ask them to restore the funding and reverse the sweep. Take action and contact the 23 legislators that chose to not vote or voted against the override. Tell them how these cuts will impact you, your friends and family, and your community. There is still time to use your voice to help #SaveOurState.
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NPA Press Release: Response to Gov. Dunleavy’s Vetoes - urges Alaska to contact legislators to override Dunleavy’s vetoes
NPA Press Release: 20 Alaska Native Tribes send joint letter to Bureau of Land Management stating Tribal concerns, ask BLM to collaborate with Tribes and provide balance and protections for Tribal watershed nominations.
NPA Press Release: Dunleavy Declines Alaska Native Tribes request for consultation and establishment of Government-to-Government relations.
NPA co-facilitates Native Issues Forum. Overview of proposed Alaska State Budget and Advocacy Training. Guest speakers: Elizabeth Medicine Crow with First Alaskans Institute and Kendra Kloster with Native Peoples Action. Presentation slides: FY20 Proposed Budget Highlights.
NPA Press Release: NPA releases Community Survey. Survey to determine 1) Community level policy priorities 2) What is working well to uplift Alaska Native well-being, and 3) what could be improved to uplift Alaska Native well-being. The results of this survey will guide NPA’s mission to amplify Alaska Native voices.
Regarding Gov. Dunleavy's proposed FY2020 budget: "Alaska Native voices will help shape our budget and our policies as we continue to exercise our voices and stand up for our traditional ways of life. We need to ensure our budget is representative of all the people, in rural and urban Alaska, and create a prosperous future in Alaska for our kids and our grandkids." - Kendra Kloster
Election Message from our Executive Director, Kendra Kloster: “Congratulations to all the candidates who ran great campaigns and to those heading to Juneau and DC to represent the people. I hope we can come together and work towards increasing public safety, a robust education system in rural and urban Alaska, ensure affordable healthcare is available, and address our fiscal situation.”
Please click HERE for the Alaska Division of Elections results.
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- Alaska Department of Fish and Game: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=process.main
- North Pacific Fisheries Management Council: https://www.npfmc.org/upcoming-council-meetings/
- Federal Subsistence Board: https://www.doi.gov/subsistence/board