I can’t say enough how proud I am of Alaskans that are jumping into action to support Puerto Rico during recovery and...Posted by Lisa Murkowski on Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Days after Maria touched ground on September 16, Sitnasuak chartered flights to bring essential supplies to Puerto Rico, large portions of which remain without power. With many roads impassable and some areas inhospitable, SNC has been operating buses to transport employees and their families. "Thank you to Ms. Quintavell and her staff for embodying their traditional Inupiat values and taking care of each other - no matter the distance," Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said on Facebook in praise of Sitnasuak's work in Puerto Rico. President Donald Trump approved a disaster declaration for Puerto Rico last month, enabling the flow of federal funds to the U.S. territory. He also visited the island on October 3, along with First Lady Melania Trump. "The devastation caused by Hurricane Maria will continue to affect our fellow citizens of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in many different ways, and the full recovery process will likely taking many months and even years," the first lady said in a statement. "However, the resilience and determination of the people I met today will outlast any damage that was left behind."
More than a month after the storm hit, elected leaders and residents of the island have painted a different picture than the one offered by Trump and his administration. Some have repeatedly tangled with the president about the seemingly-slow pace of the federal government's efforts. "Well, if it is a 10 out of a scale of 100, of course. It is still a failing grade," Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of San Juan, the island's capital, told CNN's New Day program on Friday. Trump had given himself a "perfect 10" grade when reporters asked about Puerto Rico a day earlier. Sitnasuak Native Corporation is headquartered in Nome, Alaska, with operations in Nome, Anchorage and Wasilla in Alaska. In addition to the Puerto Rico subsidiary, the corporation runs businesses in California and Virginia. Sitnasuak is the largest village corporation in the Bering Straits region Alaska.