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Issue Position: Rural Alaska

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Rural Alaska's challenges in health, transportation, sanitation, and economic issues are very familiar to me. I've worked for many years to help people help themselves - and to get Washington to understand Alaska's differences. As Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Envionmental Conservation, I pushed for joint federal and state investment in sanitation, health, and energy facilities, and infrastructure has dramatically in the last 20 years because of those efforts. On the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, I worked to bring the national research community to help Alaska deal with the horrible suicide epidemic we are seeing among Alaska youth in rural areas, and worked to get the Smithsonian Institution, the National Science Foundation and others to address the challenge of dying Alaska languages.


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