Newtok residents begin relocation to Mertarvik

On October 11, 2019, Newtok residents began the long-awaited move to a new townsite located at Mertarvik.  By early November, more than 130 of approximately 354 Newtok residents will have permanently moved into 21 homes at the Mertarvik relocation site.  In March 2018, the Denali Commission received a $15M funding increase resulting from the efforts […]

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Denali Commission Partnering with U.S. Department of Justice

Mertarvik Rendering

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Fairbanks, Alaska, October 18, 2019)– Earlier this year U.S. Attorney General William Barr toured rural Alaska and learned about the crime and violence these areas face. The Denali Commission is happy to announce that Attorney General Barr is taking action to help improve safety and social wellbeing in rural Alaska. The Denali […]

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2019 Southeast Conference Annual Meeting in Sitka

The Denali Commission’s Federal Co-Chair Jason Hoke and Program Manager Jocelyn Fenton attended the annual Southeast Conference meeting in Sitka September 18-20th.  Discussions focused on sharing solutions and challenges in the Southeast Alaska region and topics included energy, housing, telecommunications, natural resource development, economic development, higher education and training, solid waste management, healthcare, transportation, tourism, […]

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Denali Commission celebrates art installation Downtown.

On Friday, August 16, the Denali Commission was happy to assist the Native Village of Eklutna (NVE) formally celebrate the opening of the new art installation at the small boat launch near the mouth of Ship Creek in downtown Anchorage. Soldotna-based artist Joel Isaak created the sculptures depicting “Grandma” Olga Nikolai Ezi, a fish drying […]

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Denali Commission hosts Connectivity Alaska State-wide Meeting

The Denali Commission wrapped up a series of week long meetings which were centered around infrastructure, electric, and broadband projects. Dozens of Alaskans and various stakeholders had a chance to weigh in on what these projects would mean for their areas. Present in those meetings was D.C. based USDA Administrator, Chad Rupe, who the Denali […]

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Proactive approach to environmental permitting pays off for village relocation in Alaska

ANCHORAGE – On April 19, Joel Neimeyer, federal co-chair of the Denali Commission, was in Washington, D.C., to sign the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Mertarvik Infrastructure Development project, marking the end of an expedited, 15-month Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process and removing a major hurdle between the Yup’ik people of Newtok, Alaska, and […]

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