Feds to consult with tribal leaders in Fairbanks
Thursday, August 08, 2013
Authorities from several federal government departments will meet with Interior Alaska tribal leaders at a meeting this week in Fairbanks.
The meeting is intended to communicate with tribal leaders about federal programs that can be used in their communities. Topics to be covered include rural economic development, land management, rural housing, rural utilities and nutrition, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported (http://is.gd/Q9zFXQ).
Taking part will be officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, Small Business Administration, Economic Development Administration, the Department of Energy and the Denali Commission.
The meeting will allow tribal leaders to express the needs of their individual communities to the federal representatives, and also share any bureaucratic challenges they have experienced when trying to use federal programs, said Tiffany Zulkosky, with U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development office in Bethel.
The meeting will be Friday at the Westmark Hotel, and is the sixth the Department of Agriculture had had with tribal leaders in Alaska in the last 14 months.
The meetings are in response to President Barack Obama's call for greater consolation and collaboration with tribal governments.