A three-day gathering of tribal delegates from the 56 Y-K villages is scheduled to convene at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Yupiit Piciriyarait Cultural Center in Bethel. It’s the 48th Annual convention of the Association of Village Council Presidents. Here’s a look at what’s on the schedule.
The keynote speaker during the first morning of the Convention will be Billy Frank, a Nisqually Indian environmental leader and treaty rights activist from Washington state. Frank is known for his grassroots campaign for fishing rights for Nisqually Indians in Washington State. He is the also a long-standing chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.
Other highlights of the convention include nominations and selection of a 2nd Traditional Chief for the Association, a new President, Chairman of the Board and a At-Large member, and two Housing Commissioner seats for the AVCP Housing Authority.
The AVCP Delegation will hear from Congressional and Legislative representatives on Wednesday afternoon, as well as from Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell.
Also on Wednesday afternoon: reports and presentations on key issues concerning our villages by a Subsistence Issues Panel and the Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. On Thursday morning, the Convention will hear presentations on social issues, including the State of our Children and an update on Suicide Prevention efforts in the Y-K Delta.
Other business on the Agenda include presentations on Regional Resources and Business Development ventures and organizations, by their respective representatives.
This year, the 48th Annual AVCP Convention is dedicated to the late Joe Lomack who passed away earlier this year.