Rep. Mary Peltola, the first Alaska Native to serve in Congress, joined President Joe Biden in commemorating the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson near Anchorage, Alaska. The president made a stop in Alaska on his way back from Asia.

President Biden, who is the first president to not attend the 9/11 commemoraton in New York, called for national unity.

“It’s more important than ever that we come together around the principle of American democracy, regardless of our political background,” he said. “We must not succumb to the poisonous politics of difference and division.”

Rep. Peltola’s remarks focused on the impact of the 9/11 attacks on Alaska, including Alaskan troops who served during the Global War on Terror. She also spoke of the importance of unity to America’s healing and concluded by focusing on the critical role of Alaskan energy in national security. 

“While Alaska may be far from Ground Zero, we too felt the impacts of that day,” Rep. Peltola said. “Many of our brave soldiers were deployed overseas in the following years, where they fought and some died in the service of this nation. Everyone standing here today is in their debt.”

“Today, our president is returning from meeting partners in Asia, who seek independence from the influence of authoritarian states, and see Alaska’s resources as a means of achieving their own freedom, showing that America remains a beacon of hope around the world,”  Rep. Peltola added.

Alaska Governor Dunleavy and Major General Brian Eifler, Commanding General, 11th Airborne Division and Deputy Commander, United States Alaskan Command also spoke at the ceremony. 

After the commemoration, Peltola traveled to Washington, D.C. on Air Force with President Biden. On the flight, they were expected to discuss the President’s trip to Asia and Alaska’s role in Pacific Rim strategy and energy markets. 

More Stories Like This

California Assemblymember James Ramos Makes Proposal Protecting Indian Children a Two-year Bill
$59 Million for Pembina Class Action Settlement Being Distributed to Those Eligible
UNESCO World Heritage Committee Names Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks to Prestigious List
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Gives Out $13.5 Million in 2023
US Senate Subcommittee to Host Hearing on Safe Water in Tribal Communities

Native News is free to read.

We hope you enjoyed the story you've just read. For the past dozen years, we’ve covered the most important news stories that are usually overlooked by other media. From the protests at Standing Rock and the rise of the American Indian Movement (AIM), to the ongoing epidemic of Murdered and Missing Indigenous People (MMIP) and the past-due reckoning related to assimilation, cultural genocide and Indian Boarding Schools.

Our news is free for everyone to read, but it is not free to produce. That’s why we’re asking you to make a donation to help support our efforts. Any contribution — big or small — helps.  Most readers donate between $10 and $25 to help us cover the costs of salaries, travel and maintaining our digital platforms. If you’re in a position to do so, we ask you to consider making a recurring donation of $12 per month to join the Founder's Circle. All donations help us remain a force for change in Indian Country and tell the stories that are so often ignored, erased or overlooked.

Donate to Native News Online today and support independent Indigenous journalism. Thank you. 

About The Author
Native News Online Staff
Author: Native News Online StaffEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Native News Online is one of the most-read publications covering Indian Country and the news that matters to American Indians, Alaska Natives and other Indigenous people. Reach out to us at [email protected].