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Non-Affiliated candidate Karen Nanouk runs as write-in for U.S. Senate

Published: Oct. 26, 2020 at 4:20 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Karen Nanouk is running as a non-affiliated write-in candidate for U.S. Senate. This seat is currently held by Dan Sullivan.

Nanouk is from Unalakleet. She said she is running because her opponents haven’t helped out people with jobs the way they said they would.

Nanouk said that she’d like people to be able to do their subsistence activites. “I think it is very important for us all around Alaska because we’re not getting very much money and it costs a lot of money to try to live around this area, you know, in the rural area. I think that it is important that the people be able to subsist the way that we were able to subsist, the way that our ancestors wanted us to.”

“Our ancestors did not fight for our land so that they could decimate it the way that they want to,” she said, adding, “One of the things that I’d like to find out is, who stole our PFD [Permanent Fund Dividend] money, then can they give it back? You know, that’s supposed to be finable by jail time.”

Nanouk added, “I would like to maybe be able to find out who put the toxins in our ocean, because that’s another source of our income and our food, and see if I can get them to clean it up a little.”

She would like to be able to send seeds that grow in Alaska out to the 309 villages “so that people can help each other plant, or people can plant and get them to the elders and the people who don’t know how to plant, and also be able to keep half of it for themselves.”

According to Nanouk, “I think that I would be able to make a change, or I would sure like to try to make a change within the system.”

She said she argues a lot with people at meetings “because I think that we need to right a little bit of what is wrong out there.”

“We need to be able to say, ‘Hey, this is our land. This is how we need to be able to use it.’ I would like to put some of the money resources back if I could,” Nanouk added.

She discussed resources, saying, “I would like to be able to see if there is a way that we can make a refinery for our oil that comes out of Alaska and be able to give it back to the Alaska needs for a cheaper price. Why should our oil go out of state, out of country, and we have to pay more for it? What is that reason?”

Nanouk explained that she would like to help out the elders and help out the “people who don’t have jobs to be able to go out and get water or get wood,” or “fish or hunt for the people, so that the people can be a little healthier.”

Nanouk is running against Dan Sullivan, Al Gross, and write-in candidates Jed Whittaker and Sid Hill in the general election on November 3rd.

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