NVN Comments on the Draft Donlin Environmental Impact Statement – Part 1:

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Apr 272016
 

To Whom It May Concern: This is the first part of a two part statement the Native Village of Napaimute will be submitting. This part is based on long term observations of the changes in the region, our concern over the current direction we are heading and our vision for a better future for our young People. Part two will be more science based and address in more detail some specific environmental concerns we have regarding the Project. Part 1: We have been involved with the development of the Donlin Creek Project since its inception all those years ago. Throughout [Read More…}

NVN Seeking Tribal Members Comments on the 2016 ICDBG Application:

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Apr 252016
 

NVN is in the process of drafting an application for an Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) for funding to support the development of a truss manufacturing operation to be used for local housing construction in the Kuskokwim region. This operation is being proposed as a partnership with AVCP and TKC. In accordance with  the citizen participation requirements of 24 CFR 1003.604,  the tribe must state that the views and comments from the entire tribal community members about the possible use of ICDBG funds were gathered and considered prior to the submission of the application. The ICDBG Program provides eligible [Read More…}

2016 Kuskokwim Break Up – Earliest on Record: The Life in the Ice (reprint from the Delta Discovery)

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Apr 242016
 
2016 Kuskokwim Break Up - Earliest on Record: The Life in the Ice (reprint from the Delta Discovery)

The Life in the Ice It was a cold, clear, calm night in the Middle Kuskokwim. I sat there alone cooling off in the dark porch of the maqivik listening to the talk….but the talk wasn’t coming from People. Sharp cracks. Loud booms. Low rumbling. Echoes in the stillness against the hills and up into the valleys. Sometimes it sounded like furniture being moved in an upstairs room or even distant thunder on a summer evening. All along the River in front of me, down around the bend, and up above at the islands the Ice was talking. Even though [Read More…}

Open Letter from the Napaimute Traditional Council President to Our Fellow AVCP Region Tribal Leaders

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Mar 102016
 

9 March 2016 Fellow Tribal Leaders & Interested Parties: There is considerable effort by some tribes to convene a special convention of tribes within the Association of Village Council Presidents membership. Now, comes contrary information about a minimum threshold of tribal participation (by resolution) of 37 tribes versus 20 to convene a special convention.  No matter which number is correct, the Native Village of Napaimute Traditional Council has not tendered or submitted a resolution supporting a special convention. Napaimute Traditional Council has discussed ideas about how to improve the operations and service delivery of programs administered under compact with AVCP.  [Read More…}

Middle Kuskokwim Borough Summit

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Feb 292016
 
Middle Kuskokwim Borough Summit

On February 22nd through the 25th, 20 representatives of the 10 Middle Kuskokwim villages met to learn about the cost/benefit of borough formation for the region centered around the potential development of Donlin Creek. This Summit was sponsored by the Kuskokwim Corporation. For more information on the key results of this meeting please click on the PDF below. A sincere thank you to the Board of Directors, Management, and Staff of TKC for their efforts to educate the People of the Middle Kuskokwim on the cost/benefit of borough formation for our region. Middle Kuskokwim Borough Summit 2 (CLICK HERE)  

Ice Road Marking Between Chuathbaluk & Napaimute Completed

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Feb 022016
 
Ice Road Marking Between Chuathbaluk & Napaimute Completed

Our trail crew completed the marking of the 20 mile stretch of ice road between Chuathbaluk and Napaimute on February 1st. Point-of-Beginning is at the spruce tree marker at Jim Smith’s place above Chuathbaluk. Markers are willows with WHITE reflectors spaced 1/10 of a mile apart. Point-of-End is the dump road landing at the lower end of Napaimute. Stay on the beach road from this point upstream until we get some colder weather. No large vehicle traffic (trucks) is recommended on the River above the dump road landing due to open water and uncertain conditions from the earlier blow out of the channel in [Read More…}

NVN Seeking Public Input for 2016 Social and Economic Development Strategies for SEDS or SEEDS Proposal

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Jan 262016
 
NVN Seeking Public Input for 2016 Social and Economic Development Strategies for SEDS or SEEDS Proposal

The Native Village of Napaimute is interested in applying for the: 2016 Social and Economic Development Strategies for Alaska-SEDS-AK or 2016 Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS).  Both funding opportunities are administered through the Administration for Children and Family Services: Administration for Native Americans. It is our goal to shift away from programs that create dependency and apply for programs to promote economic development thereby developing self-determination and self-governance.  Through this application we are striving to increase employment opportunities for young People in the Middle Kuskokwim Region through the stabilization and expansion of our current firewood distribution business. We are seeking public input and [Read More…}