Aug 5, 2009
To: John Moller: firstname.lastname@example.org
On August 3, Alaska Natives Ann Strongheart of Nunam Iqua and Nicholas Tucker of Emmonak were guests on “Native America Calling” on nationally-aired Native Voice 1 radio. They were invited to discuss salmon bycatch and its effects on rural Alaskans.
Like so many other Alaskans, both Ann and Nick feel this is a critical issue facing rural Alaska today.
Ann Strongheart and her husband are working at a small salmon processing plant in Ugashik on the Alaska Peninsula this summer. She squeezed in time to spend an hour on the phone with NAC between cooking for the fishing crew, caring for a toddler, working as a strong advocate for rural Alaskans and being an expectant mother in the bush.
Mr. Tucker took time away from his subsistence fishing efforts to be on the program.
During the program, moderator Harlan McKosato mentioned that he put in a call to you before the show but never got a call back.
Because rural Alaskans are openly voicing their serious fears about the coming winter, we were disappointed that you were not involved in the conversation with Ann and Nick on the air. Rural Alaskans need to know advisors have the ear of Governor Parnell and need to believe that the governor realizes today that things may be even worse this winter for rural Alaskan villages than the previous one.
If you were unable to work time into your schedule for that event, we would have greatly appreciated suggestions via the rural advisor’s office for an alternate speaker. Rural Alaskans want to hear what actions are being taken right now to avoid another winter crisis. At the very least, we would have valued a simple response, of any kind, to the invitation.
People nationwide are paying attention to rural Alaska these days. Will there be another winter crisis next January? Will people be asked to donate support to food drives because the government of Alaska ignored all the same warning signs, yet again? If so, it will contrast mightily with the state attempting to pipe natural gas down to the lower 48 yet routing none of that gas to its own rural villages that recently paid $8 or $9 a gallon for fuel.
Please communicate with us.
The warning signs were there last winter but nobody paid attention. We really want to know that efforts are being made now by the state to avert another disaster this winter.
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