Victor Tonuchuk, Kotlik Resident
“The way I feel about what happened a week ago. It’s hard and sad to see what we are going through. Our water and sewer is wiped out. People are having difficulties trying to get clean safe drinking water without knowing what possible contaminates are in the river and traditional drinking water sources. It will be difficult for us to make clean drinkable water. Thanksgiving is coming up, it is pretty hard and sad to go through what we just did. But the community of Kotlik is thankful. We are all thankful that we are still here.”
How would you feel if you were cut off from fresh water, the use of a sewer system, or your home was carried away by the sea? People in Kotlik, Stebbins, and Unalakleet are experiencing just that. They were hit by a devastating storm recently and relief efforts are being hampered by continuing storms. To help please donate today!
We, the Indigenous Tribes/First Nations from the headwaters to the mouth of the Yukon River, having been placed here by our Creator, do hereby agree to initiate and continue the clean up and preservation of the Yukon River for the protection of our own and future generations of our Tribes/First Nations and for the continuation of our traditional Native way of life.