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Governor, First Lady Visit Huslia

March 30, 2012, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell were honored to meet with the elders, leadership, and residents of the Village of Huslia on Thursday, where their plane was met by more than 50 residents, who greeted them on snow machines and sleds.

The governor and first lady traveled to the tribal office and city offices after sharing an afternoon snack of dried fish, moose jerky and sausage, provided by village leaders.

More than 100 residents, many of them young people, joined the governor and first lady for a Choose Respect march through the town and to the school, where more people awaited to greet them, and a community potluck was prepared.

Residents said the time together was historic as it was the first visit by a serving governor to their community.

“Sandy and I were warmly received by residents of Huslia and we treasure the time we had with these Alaskans,” said Governor Parnell. “It’s evident that we can turn the corner on the epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assault, and that villages like Huslia consider this a priority for our state.”

Huslia, in the Yukon-Koyukuk census area, is home to about 300 Alaskans. Photos of the visit are available at:
http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell/multimedia/photo-album-press.html?album=378

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