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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August 24, 2014