Concerning the legislature in Juneau needing to understand the position of the Governor and the permanent fund amount. It is common sense to realize the true need for the majority of the residents in Alaska; the amount that the Governor is standing by can and will boost the economy of Alaska.
The legislature has few residents that do not need the amount of the Governor’s proposal. These few residents or constituents are pushing their elected officials for the reduced PFD because they don’t need it.
There are so many families in Alaska with children who are in the real need for the amount of three thousand dollars. This amount is truly understood by our Governor and its potential to benefit. Those elected officials who are standing behind the reduced amount do not understand the benefit to the economy for our state.
If the legislature is worried about the PFD being too large they should be more stringent in giving monies the state is able to provide.
Secondary education is one that can be looked at; loans to potential students should have more conditions to receiving funds. It is widely known throughout the country that three fourths of those that enter secondary education will not complete their schooling, so why be generous to these groups of people? The conditions should include higher GPAs as a qualification to receive loans instead.
The Governor is standing alone on his proposal to provide the needed financial help, he needs your support. His veto for the reduced PFD is his best move for the people of Alaska rather than allowing the legislature to decide on the monies that belong to the people of Alaska.
Billy Lincoln Jr., Toksook Bay, AK
Endorsement for Guy and Evan
The census of our region has always been considered delicate, and the right to vote at annual shareholder elections. The democracy we practice is one man, one vote and the majority rules. As indigenous aboriginal natives, we practice the right to vote and ensure its validity by unanimous consensus. My own decision is unanimous.
My name is Martin Billy Moore Sr. an elder of our region. I encourage the shareholders of Calista Corporation to join me, in the endorsement of Paul George Guy and Johnny Evan.
As a former Calista Board Member, I join the Calista Board Members the endorsement of Paul George Guy and Johnny Evan. Vote for Option 1 to keep them on the board.
Martin Billy Moore Sr., Emmonak, AK
Walrus & Our Way of Life
Kawerak Inc. with generous support from the Rasmuson Foundation, Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation, Bering Straits Native Corporation, and Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is hosting a roundtable on June 10 at 4 p.m. (E.T.), 12p.m. (AKST) in 188 Russell of the Senate Office Building in Washington D.C. featuring Inuit leaders and artists. The goal is to educate about our Native way of life in the Arctic and our relationship with walrus and ivory carving. The event will also be live streamed on https://Kawerak.org/live-stream/ for those who cannot be there in person.
The roundtable will convene agencies and lawmakers with Inuit leaders and cultural bearers to share the Inuit perspective of our way of life and walrus. Inherent to our way of life is the sustainable harvest of walrus. The Bering Strait region is wellknown for the diversity in Inuit culture: St. Lawrence Island Yupik, Central Yupik and Inupiaq communities. Our communities are home to Inuit hunters and ivory carvers, our cultural bearers and living Inuit artists. Ivory carving is a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation and reflects the customary and traditional use of walrus ivory. Inuit Art provides the economic means for a basic living, and is often the sole source of cash income for many families in and from our region.
Following the roundtable, there will be a reception from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. (E.T.) in room 485 Russell to allow for further questions, conversation and cross-cultural dialogue.
The purpose of the roundtable is to shed light on the cultural and economic importance of Pacific walrus, of carving walrus ivory through understanding the Inuit way of life and the sustainability; and management of walrus in a vastly changing Arctic. In 2016, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service issued a ban on the commercial trade of African elephant ivory. Six states (New York, New Jersey, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington) enacted broad bans on commercial ivory impacting the market for our Inuit artists who utilize walrus ivory. Inuit leaders will share efforts to maintain their way of life and support Inuit ivory carvers.
Kawerak, Inc., Nome, AK