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Igiugig Receives Outstanding Recycling Community Award!

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On April 28, I was honored to attend the ALPAR Awards Banquet for our Environmental Department. Since it takes the full participation of the whole community, and the passion of our Directors, I wanted to share the script they presented for our award:

"Our next award recognizes exemplary efforts to further recycling in a community in Alaska. This year, ALPAR is honored to present the Outstanding Recycling Community award to one of the smallest communities in rural Alaska that has embraced environmental stewardship in a big way. This community has had a consistently successful recycling program operating the Flying Cans program with ALPAR since it inception in the 80’s, and helping us start the ALPAR Flying bottles program for recycling plastic bottles in 2010. Our award winner is the Village of Igiugig. Situated in Southwest Alaska at end of Lake Iliamna, Igiugig is a prime site for subsistence fishing and hunting, sport fishing, tourism, and travel.

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4-1-1 in the 5-3-3 Aug 2015

Written by Alexanna Salmon on .

As we transition from sockeye fishing to silvers; from salmonberries to blackberries; from summer vacation to school, operations in Igiugig are still full tilt.

Farewells and Welcomes
At the end of summer, it was time to say goodbye to David and Ciara, our beloved WWOOFERS who brought so much light and laughter, help and humor to our operations. Someday, we hope our paths cross again! In early August we welcomed a new family – David and Natalia Askoak –to the community. She is serving as our second healthaide. Already the kids of Igiugig are ecstatic for new friends! We are so grateful this family has chosen Igiugig as home.

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Igiugig Village Receives Grant for Greenhouse and Wild Foods Project

Written by Renée Grounds on .

Igiugig Village recently received a grant from the First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colorado in the amount of $39,794. This award will support the village greenhouse and a traditional wild foods initiative. The 12-month project focuses on increasing food security and providing local organic foods year-round. Igiugig's remote location makes these efforts critical to the health and nutrition of the village.

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Igiugig Recieves $857,979 Grant for Yup’ik Language Progam

Written by Renée Grounds on .

Igiugig Village recently received a Language Preservation and Maintenance Grant from the U.S. Administration for Native Americans. Igiugig is among 12 grantees selected nationwide, including organizations across the lower 48, in Hawaii and Guam. The $857,979 grant will be implemented over the three years of the project with the purpose of revitalizing Yugestun (Yup’ik language) in Igiugig.

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Igiugig Awarded Grant for Tugboat, Second ANA Grant in 2015

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The grant titled Igiugig Village Economic Sustainability Project will be used to purchase a tugboat and train four local operators. This funding opportunity is offered by the Administration for Native Americans (ANA), an agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Igiugig also recently received a three-year ANA Language Grant to revitalize Yup’ik. Igiugig Village is one of three organizations nationwide to receive a second ANA grant this year.

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4-1-1 in the 5-3-3 Jul 2015

Written by Alexanna Salmon on .

Community photo with Senator Lisa Murkowski

Putting away fish for family, friends, and elders, taking care of my kids fulltime around the clock, pushing an ever mountainous collection of paperwork, and sometimes all three simultaneously, is a little glimpse of what my July has been all about. I thank everyone for their patience with me during this summer’s hectivity. We have had so many laughs in the office realizing now where some of the peculiar Dan Salmonisms come from, as we can finally relate a little more to his work life. Needless to say, I’ve missed him more than ever before.

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4-1-1 in the 5-3-3 Jun 2015

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The interior of the water treatment plant. The left side is new, and once complete, the right side will be removed.

Our village has been active! We started summer with a regular monthly meeting on June 4th. We reviewed all customer accounts and our financial standing. There were many trip reports and department updates. We also voted to fund another student for the Dan Salmon Scholarship Fund. Lukas Zackar will be attending AVTEC to study Construction Technology in the fall. The other recent recipient awarded was Keith Andrew, who will be pursuing a pilot’s license in the winter. We are excited for their endeavors. Thank you to everyone that has donated to the fund.