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Lucy Williams, Tribal Court Administrator for Akiak, talking with tribal and non-tribal entities about VAWA. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Lucy Williams, Tribal Court Administrator for Akiak, talking with tribal and non-tribal entities about VAWA. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

The first day of the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, training began Monday in Bethel. The three-day session marks the first VAWA training in the state since Alaska’s Attorney General, Craig Richards, issued an opinion last summer that law enforcement must uphold tribal protection orders the same as state orders.

Tribal and non-tribal judicial and law enforcement officials from across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and other areas of the state have gathered to understand how VAWA applies to Alaska Native communities and to create a dialogue between tribal and non-tribal entities on enforcing protection orders across jurisdictions. Read more →

Monique Vondall-Rieke, AVCP Tribal Justice Center Director, with a map of the YK Delta. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

Monique Vondall-Rieke, AVCP Tribal Justice Center Director, with a map of the YK Delta. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

Today in Bethel starts the first training  in Alaska on the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, since Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards issued the opinion last summer that law enforcement agencies must uphold tribal protection orders the same as state orders. Read more →

Logo courtesy AVCP.

Logo courtesy AVCP.

The Association of Village Council Presidents, or AVCP, has filed a more than $75,000 lawsuit against a software development company for allegedly not providing full services paid for.

AVCP filed the lawsuit in late November against HEAT Software, Inc., a California-based merger company that specializes in management software for businesses.
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Monique Vondall-Rieke, AVCP Tribal Justice Center Director, with a map of the YK Delta. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

Monique Vondall-Rieke, AVCP Tribal Justice Center Director, with a map of the YK Delta. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

An Alaska non-profit wants to do something new—set up courts for about one-fourth of Alaska’s tribes. The Association of Village Council Presidents, or AVCP, is a nonprofit representing 56 villages across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and they want each village to develop its own tribal court. Before they can do that, AVCP has to develop a model for something that has never existed.

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Bea Kristovich at her home in Bethel. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

Bea Kristovich at her home in Bethel. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

Last month Bea Kristovich of the native village of Napaimute became the first woman to be elected second traditional chief of the Association of Village Council Presidents, or AVCP.

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AVCP is a non-profit organization representing 56 villages across the YK Delta.

The traditional chief acts as a figurehead, opening meetings, saying prayers and offering traditional knowledge and guidance. The second chief takes over when the first chief, currently Peter Moore of the Native Village of Emmonak, can no longer perform his duties.

Host Anna Rose MacArthur talked with Kristovich at her home in Bethel about her election, how she would like to see the responsibility of traditional chief evolve, and the changing role of women in the region.

Delta Affairs Weekly airs every Friday at 11:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Bea Kristovich is the first woman Traditional Chief of AVCP. Photo courtesy of Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

Bea Kristovich is the first woman traditional chief of AVCP. Photo- Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

In a historical election Bea Kristovich is the first woman to be elected traditional chief of the Association of Village Council Presidents. Read more →

Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. Photo courtesy of http://ltgov.alaska.gov/.

Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. Photo courtesy of http://ltgov.alaska.gov/.

Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott was in Bethel attending the Association of Village Council President’s 51st Annual Convention. Read more →

AVCP logo. Photo Courtesy of AVCP

AVCP logo. Photo Courtesy of AVCP

The Association of Village Council Presidents is working to build a regional emergency operations plan for the YK region, and ultimately an emergency operations center to coordinate local responses. More than 40 people from nearby villages, government, and non-profit groups came together for a workshop earlier this month in Bethel.
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An appeals court upheld a district court conviction of 13 Yup'ik fishermen. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

An appeals court upheld a district court conviction of 13 Yup’ik fishermen. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

The Alaska Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s decision that Yup’ik fishermen who fished during a state closure should be convicted. The decision was issued today.

In 2012 the thirteen defendants, all Yup’ik Alaska Native fishermen living a subsistence lifestyle, were charged with violating the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s emergency orders restricting fishing for king salmon on the Kuskokwim River.
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Calista board Chairman WIllie Kasayulie addressed the Governance Convention crowd Monday. Photo by Geraldine Brink / KYUK.

Calista board Chairman Willie Kasayulie addressed the Governance Convention crowd Monday. Photo by Geraldine Brink / KYUK.

Despite having no quorum and no vote, tribal members at the Calista-sponsored Yukon Kuskokwim Governance Convention Monday decided to move ahead with an interim step toward unifying the region politically. Leaders put the future of a proposed regional tribal government first in the hands of tribal councils and set a deadline of 30 days for them to vote. If successful, individual tribal voters would then have the opportunity to vote yes or no on the proposal.

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