Tuluksak Needs you to Make Noise With State Officials

Two weeks ago, the village of Tuluksak’s water purification plant burned down. Donations have helped provide water to the village but likely won’t be enough to sustain them. The village has been without running water for thirteen days and reportedly 1/3 of the federally recognized tribe is Covid positive.

CeeJay Johnson, who I’ve written about previously when the indigenous activist organized efforts to ship much-needed masks to remote areas of Alaska, is now working to get much needed water to the village. Ms. Johnson was able to get Alaska Airlines to fly in six pallets, equaling 11,520 bottles of water.

An ongoing GoFundMe, which was established last year to help Ms. Johnson in her mask distribution efforts, is now accepting donations for water — but that’s not a longterm solution for Tuluksak and much of the money raised has already been spent.

Alaska Governor Michael Dunleavy has not spoken or acted on the crisis facing Tuluksak and many feel he should intervene in the matter by declaring a state of emergency.

Alaska activists are asking that you contact these state officials and encourage them to help the struggling village. Sending an email takes just two minutes and might make a difference.

Contact:

Alaska Governor Michael Dunleavy

Representative Tiffany Zulkosky

Follow reporter Olivia Ebertz for updates