Every Friday, Alaska's congressional delegation touts how much federal grant and loan funding it has helped bring home. And Alaska Dispatch does its part, contributing to the public record in a heralded tradition of journalistic stenography: We decode the bureaucratic jargon and lay out for you, dear reader, the goody take.
By any measure, it was a lean week for the Last Frontier in Washington, D.C. The 49th state's big three in D.C. -- U.S. Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski and U.S. Rep. Don Young -- together report delivering just a pittance in "federal grants and loan money" from the Capitol's hallowed halls.
We can only hope it's because they were focused on the Alaska Federation of Natives convention, the nation's largest representative annual gathering of First Peoples, currently under way in Anchorage, Alaska.
Here's a breakdown of the $1.47 million in funds they report delivering home: