KTVA: 'Have a voice:' Murkowski addresses Natives' Arctic priorities

Alaska's senior senator spoke to Alaska Native leaders in Washington D.C. at the Alaska Federation of Natives' Alaska Day event Thursday.

The event was part of a two-day briefing with Native leaders, military officials, Cabinet officials and Alaska's congressional delegation.

During the briefing, Sen. Lisa Murkowski discussed the important role of Congress in working to address issues surrounding Alaska and the Arctic. She talked about working with Alaska's Sen. Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young on updating the country's Arctic policy, specifically addressing Arctic shipping areas.

Murkowski said one of her priorities is “making sure that we know what the rules of the road are, but that the people who live in the region have a voice, have a say in these policies that are being laid down.”

The briefing comes in the midst of a partial government shutdown and the senator noted that the last time AFN scheduled an Alaska Day event in D.C. was canceled because of a government shutdown.

By:  Jennifer Summers
Source: KTVA