Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R-AK) is seeking federal disaster funds after a major storm battered a thousand-mile stretch of the state’s western coastline. The storm caused flooding and wind damage that destroyed homes, roads, power lines, and other infrastructure – and displaced hundreds of residents. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce hears about the immediate effects of the storm and measures to help residents with Jan Olson (Yup’ik), tribal administrator for the Native Village of Hooper Bay; Peter Tuluk (Kashunamiut), general manager for KCUK Radio; Emily Schwing, freelance reporter and Rick Thoman, climate specialist for the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy. Plus, Gualterio Alomar (Taino), president of the Organization for Culture of Hispanic Origins, provides an update on the Hurricane Fiona disaster in Puerto Rico.
Break 1 music: Ocean Prayer (song) Pamyua (artist) Side A Side B (Side A) (album)
Break 2 music: Okisikowak (song) Asani (artist) Listen (album)
Some organizations taking donations to help out with the Alaska storms: The Western Alaska Disaster Recovery Fund, The American Red Cross, Alaska Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services; Individuals seeking disaster grants can apply through the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
Some organizations providing relief in Puerto Rico: The Organization for Culture of Hispanic Origins; Global Giving’s Hurricane Fiona Relief Fund, PRxPR Relief and Rebuild Fund, Techos Pa’ Mi Gente, Comedores Sociales de Puerto Rico