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Submitted to the
Alaska Natives Commission
in connection with a hearing at

Nome, Alaska
September 21, 1992

4000 Old Seward Highway, Suite 100
Anchorage, Alaska 99503


Witness List | Exhibit List | PDF Version

SEPTEMBER 21, 1992

Nancy Mendenhall

(On record at 9:23 a.m.)

COMMISSIONER TOWARAK: It's 9:23. We're at Nome for the Alaska Natives Commission hearing, I'd like to welcome everyone here. In way of introductions, first is the Commissioner members. My name is Sam Towarak. I'm from Unalakleet. I serve on the Commission. And Father Norman Elliott in here from Anchorage, retired or. . .


COMMISSIONER TOWARAK: Retired Episcopalian - priest. And in the back is Michael Irwin. He's our Executive Director and will be assisting us today. And handling the recording will be Janice Welch from Kron & Associates. Thank you, Janice, for coming here.

REPORTER: You're welcome.

COMMISSIONER TOWARAK: The co-chairs, Mary Jane Fate and Perry Eaton, couldn't be here. Normally, one or both of them are here. Mary Jane is -- just got done handling a crisis in Fairbanks, where they lost power and electricity to their home, and she's taking care of some elderly people, and she couldn't leave them without being there, so sh -- and Perry also was scheduled to be here; but, as you know, Alaska Commercial Company has been sold, and he's right in the middle of that and working on trying to get those details closed out, too. And so between the two Commission members and myself, we -- I mean, and Mr. Irwin, we'll be taking testimony today and be forwarding it to the other Commission members, as well as staff.

The testimony we hear today gets distributed to all the Commission members, as well as anyone that wants to listen to the testimony in Anchorage. We've already had hearings in Fairbanks and hearings in Bethel. We have others scheduled, one of them in Southeast here shortly. Because of the time span of the na -- Commission, we don't have -- we are not planning on attending too many of the sites for hearings. We have a total of about ten? Ten hearings scheduled in the state, one of which will be at the AFN Convention in October.

This is the regional hearing for the Bering Straits area. We'd like to welcome you. First, to testify I guess I'll -- the format for testifying would be to give your name, affiliation, and an address.

REPORTER: Oh, I don't really need an address.


REPORTER: But if you could spell your name, --


REPORTER: -- that would be real helpful for the transcriber.


REPORTER: Thank you.

COMMISSIONER TOWARAK: Okay. Name and affiliation will do, and then we'll go ahead. The first to testify is Ms. Nancy Mendenhall. Nancy?


COMMISSIONER TOWARAK: Thank you, Nancy, and I want to say right now that the Commission -- at the Commission level, federal involvement is a must; and we agree with you. What we've been trying to do is figure out ways in which we can meld in with the federal moneys; and we've already had talks with the BIA director. I know you didn't mention any scholarships; you mentioned financial resources, but that's another area.

The concept of a 13th grade, where if the child -- or the student is competent enough to attend a college, we'd pay for that-year in college; and I think that's something that is a good start for providing incentives for students to excel in high school.

Regional centers, which may be the community college can be at that level, where we would provide for common services that are needed: psychological counseling or career counseling guidance. Those types of things are needed to be rethought at that level. Thank you, Nancy. That --

MS. MENDENHALL: Thank you.

COMMISSIONER TOWARAK: -- the testimony from post-secondary is few and far between, and we appreciate your time.

Oh, excuse me, Nancy, could we get a copy?

REPORTER: We have a copy.

COMMISSIONER TOWARAK: Oh, we do. Okay, thank you. If you'd -- if you have written testimony, we'd appreciate leaving it with Janice. Thank you, Nancy, for doing that.


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