$410,000 in Grants Awarded to Four Alaska Native Villages


by Russ Slaten

Original Air Date: August 7, 2012

(ANCHORAGE, AK) Village health and safety conditions tend to see a slower pace when compared to the city, but thanks to federal funds, some villages will be able to raise the bar.

Federal agriculture officials said grants totaling more than $410,000 have been awarded to four Alaska Native villages and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp.

The Rural Development grants announced Tuesday are from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The village recipients are Selawik, Scammon Bay, Kipnuk and Tanacross.

According to the USDA, the funds will be used for a variety of projects. Efforts include improvements to Kipnuk's honey bucket hauling system and the purchase of equipment to help build a new landfill in Selawik.

"Essentially, the over-arching goal is to help alleviate the health and safety conditions within the communities where waste disposal and sanitation is concerned," USDA Rural Development Spokesperson Larry Yerich.

The USDA Rural Development grants are altogether worth over $410,000.

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