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Commission That Helps Rural Alaskans Is On Trump's Chopping Block05:44Download

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This aerial photo shows the island village of Kivalina, an Alaska Native community of 400 people already receding into the ocean as a result of rising sea levels, in September 2015, in Kotzebue, Alaska. (Andrew Harnik/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
This aerial photo shows the island village of Kivalina, an Alaska Native community of 400 people already receding into the ocean as a result of rising sea levels, in September 2015, in Kotzebue, Alaska. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

If President Trump's proposed budget passes, a number of federal agencies would be eliminated. Among them are organizations that offer infrastructure and job support to people around the country.

One of those agencies is Alaska’s Denali Commission, which helps rural Alaskans but has also been criticized as wasteful. Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott (@LtGovMallott), also Denali Commission co-chair, about the work the group has done since its founding in 1998.

This segment aired on March 23, 2017.

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