Update: Disaster Declared for Tuluksak, Alaska

Update: Must Read Alaska published an article February 8, 2021. Here is a link to the their article:

Disaster declared for Tuluksak

Below is my original opinion post from February 7, 2020. It is good to read MRAK’s article above to learn what work the State has been doing with collaborative partners since the fire from 3-weeks ago. The ADN story I based my opinion from, did not cover the depth of information that the MRAK article did today.

Governor Dunleavy has not taken action for the 400+ Alaska citizens without a water source in the remote Alaska village, Tulusak.

This is in the midst of a global pandemic – COVID-19 – where disinfecting, washing hands, and social distancing are the primary prevention guidelines to reduce risk of contracting this disease.

This is unacceptable!

I do not care about the dysfunction of the AK legislature – how much do they actually accomplish during the times they claim to be organized anyways?

There are ways to expedite assistance to help.  The Governor and his Administration have tools to get this done.

The Governor is happy to have a national platform by taking a stand on President Biden’s overreach of government that will harm Alaska’s economy and jobs. Which obviously, I support.

However, if the Governor goes to bat for Alaskans on a national platform, he better be exerting at least the same effort to Alaska citizens in jeopardy in a small, remote village too.

(The article below lit my fire for this blog post)…


Published by Trudy Sobocienski

My blog, "Beyond Leadership" is a creative place to share my personal feelings and thoughts while working in leadership roles for a variety of Alaska Native organizations, both for and not-for profit entities. An incredible leader and mentor of mine once asked while we were in Washington, DC, "What happened to you between the ages of 7-10 that motivated you to serve in a native leadership capacity". I was struck by that poignant thought and as such, include actual entries from my mother and my diaries beginning in the early 1970's. I enjoy sharing these excerpts because it captures the parallels she and I were experiencing throughout life, from two separate worldviews. Hers as a young mother of four and mine as her eldest child. I have never came across a book on leadership that lays bare a leaders personal feelings, thoughts, hopes, fears and dreams they were experiencing. So for me, my goal is two-fold: 1. Share the incredible life my parents created for my siblings and I growing up in remote Alaska; and, 2) Sharing my humanity, through my personal diaries and journals, while serving as the youngest-ever President/CEO for the Alaska Native Health Board. There are passages that will include significant policy issues I was working on throughout my career and travels. There are many more passages that do not. I cannot speak for my mom's passages, because I am reading them as I share them here, with you; with her permission of course.

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