2019 DISTRESSED COMMUNITIES REPORT

The Denali Commission releases annual Distressed Communities Report for 2019. Prepared by the State of Alaska, the Distressed Communities Report allows the Commission to incorporate important considerations when evaluating project proposals from around the state. 2019 Distressed Communities Report […]

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Updated Broadband Plan Document

The Denali Commission, through our close partnerships with both the State of Alaska and the USDA Rural Development, have commissioned an update to the Alaska State Broadband Plan. This updated Plan indicates to private and public leadership that Broadband remains at the forefront of Alaska’s infrastructure priorities. Additionally, the update and corresponding letter signed by […]

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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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AFN 2019

The Alaska Federation of Natives Annual Conference 2019 was held October 17-19 at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. This year’s conference theme was “Good Government, Alaska Driven.”  Denali Commission personnel staffed a booth in the trade show tent and enjoyed answering questions about our mission, 2020 programs, and the new funding request process on the […]

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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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