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Photos: Traditional foods at home for elderly in Kotzebue

Staff and elders pick fireweed blossoms off the stalks to make fireweed jelly at the Maniilaq Association elder care facility in Kotzebue, AK on Friday, August 8, 2014. Manillaq Association is working to serve traditional foods to elders staying in their long-term care facility, they found they were stifled by USDA regulation that prohibited serving foods like caribou and locally caught salmon. Now, with a little work, the regulation has been updated to allow those foods to be served in the facility -- home to 18 elders all from the Northwest Arctic. They are building a USDA-certified processing facility to accommodate donations of foods like caribou and moose.
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News
Lorraine Gill the dietitian for the Maniilaq Association elders care facility and the hospital picks up a fresh caught chum salmon on Friday, August 8, 2014 in Kotzebue, AK. Gill tried a preparation method in anticipation for serving wild game to the elders. Maniilaq Association is working to serve traditional foods to elders staying in their long-term care facility, they found they were stifled by USDA regulation that prohibited serving foods like caribou and locally caught salmon. Now, with a little work, the regulation has been updated to allow those foods to be served in the facility -- home to 18 elders all from the Northwest Arctic. They are building a USDA-certified processing facility to accommodate donations of foods like caribou and moose.
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News
Plumber Chris Madison works on utilities for the new food processing facility so they can serve wild game to elders. Maniilaq Association is working to serve traditional foods to elders staying in their long-term care facility, they found they were stifled by USDA regulation that prohibited serving foods like caribou and locally caught salmon. Now, with a little work, the regulation has been updated to allow those foods to be served in the facility -- home to 18 elders all from the Northwest Arctic. They are building a USDA-certified processing facility to accommodate donations of foods like caribou and moose. Photographed in Kotzebue, AK on Friday, August 8, 2014.
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News
Plumber Chris Madison gives a tour of the new food processing facility so they can serve wild game to elders. Maniilaq Association is working to serve traditional foods to elders staying in their long-term care facility, they found they were stifled by USDA regulation that prohibited serving foods like caribou and locally caught salmon. Now, with a little work, the regulation has been updated to allow those foods to be served in the facility -- home to 18 elders all from the Northwest Arctic. They are building a USDA-certified processing facility to accommodate donations of foods like caribou and moose. Photographed in Kotzebue, AK on Friday, August 8, 2014.
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News
Salmon filleted by elders fill a small freezer at the Maniilaq Association elder care facility in Kotzebue, AK on Friday, August 8, 2014. To server the salmon to elders now it has to be prepared by family members at their homes and brought back to the facility. Maniilaq Association is working to serve traditional foods to elders staying in their long-term care facility, they found they were stifled by USDA regulation that prohibited serving foods like caribou and locally caught salmon. Now, with a little work, the regulation has been updated to allow those foods to be served in the facility -- home to 18 elders all from the Northwest Arctic. They are building a USDA-certified processing facility to accommodate donations of foods like caribou and moose.
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News
Elder May Bernhardt picks fireweed blossoms off the stalks to make fireweed jelly at the Maniilaq Association elder care facility in Kotzebue, AK on Friday, August 8, 2014. Maniilaq Association is working to serve traditional foods to elders staying in their long-term care facility, they found they were stifled by USDA regulation that prohibited serving foods like caribou and locally caught salmon. Now, with a little work, the regulation has been updated to allow those foods to be served in the facility -- home to 18 elders all from the Northwest Arctic. They are building a USDA-certified processing facility to accommodate donations of foods like caribou and moose.
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News
A jar of fireweed jelly from last years crop of flowers is displayed at the elder care facility in Kotzebue, AK. Maniilaq Association is working to serve traditional foods to elders staying in their long-term care facility, they found they were stifled by USDA regulation that prohibited serving foods like caribou and locally caught salmon. Now, with a little work, the regulation has been updated to allow those foods to be served in the facility -- home to 18 elders all from the Northwest Arctic. They are building a USDA-certified processing facility to accommodate donations of foods like caribou and moose. Photographed on Friday, August 8, 2014.
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News
Bob Hallinen

The Maniilaq Association is working to serve traditional foods to elders staying in their long-term care facility in the Northwest Alaska community of Kotzebue, after finding they were stifled by U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations that prohibited serving foods like caribou and locally caught salmon. Now, with a little work, the regulation has been updated to allow those foods to be served at the facility -- home to 18 elders, all from the Northwest Arctic. They are building a USDA-certified processing facility to accommodate donations of foods like caribou and moose.

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