Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

Rural villages depend greatly on post offices


Rural Alaskans far from roads, stores, medical and other services, who live in small villages spend more money per capita in the post office system than most other Alaskans. We have no alternatives to receiving medications, vehicle or airplane parts, animal feed and other necessities. Most rural Alaskans are familiar with the routine of shopping in a hub community and mailing to the village from hub post offices. Families spend several thousand dollars a year on postal service, far above the national average. While we lack economy of scale, we are, per capita, the best post office customers in the nation.

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