- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A Kodiak senator has introduced legislation to allow federally recognized tribal governments in the state to receive contributions from Alaskans’ Permanent Fund dividends.

SB 75, from Sen. Gary Stevens, calls for adding federally recognized tribes to the list of organizations eligible to receive such contributions through the “Pick.Click.Give” program. Stevens, in his sponsor statement, says tribal entities would be subject to the same regulations and fees that apply to other program participants.

Stevens says adding federally recognized tribal organizations to the list of “Pick.Click.Give” recipients would extend the program’s reach while providing another fundraising option for those organizations.

Alaskans pledged nearly $2.8 million to eligible organizations through “Pick.Click.Give” last year.

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