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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs heads to Alaska
Wednesday, November 1, 2023

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is heading to Alaska for a field hearing and listening session.

The committee will focus on declining salmon runs in the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers. Last year, a disaster was declared in the region due to historically low numbers of fish that have sustained Native people in Alaska since time immemorial.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the vice chair of the committee, has been following the issue closely. She will lead the field hearing and listening session, which are being hosted by the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation at 700 Chief Eddie Hoffman Hwy in Bethel next Friday, November 10.

During the hearing, the committee will take testimony from invited witnesses. Members of the public will be able to provide their own comments during the listening session.

Written comments can also be sent to the committee at

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Notice
Field Hearing titled, “The Impact of the Historic Salmon Declines on the Health and Well-Being of Alaska Native Communities Along Artic, Yukon, and Kuskokwim Rivers,” (November 10, 2023)