A Yup’ik college student has won an international award for finding a way to extract rare earth metals without hurting the environment. Michael Martinez is a University of Alaska Anchorage science student, whose mother’s family hails from Kotlik.
Newtok residents are one step closer to having an airport in the new community of Mertarvik, which is being built for the relocation of the village. On April 1, the Federal Aviation Administration announced in a press release that the Newtok airport project would receive $21.1 million in funding.
Domestic violence shelters around the nation are preparing for a large decrease in federal funding that will take effect in a few months. Tundra Women’s Coalition in Bethel said that it will mean a 20% cut in its operating budget, and could lead to a significant loss in services.
A huge amount of money is on its way to Alaska tribes under the American Rescue Plan Act passed by the U.S. Congress in March. Alaska tribes will receive over one billion dollars ($1,019,259,405) of the $1.9 trillion dollars the act provides.
Pilot Station has been under a boil water notice for three weeks, since Feb. 25, after pressure dropped in its water system. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium is looking at the issue and has drafted a preliminary report on how to fix the problem.