Yupiit Nation Meets Friday and Saturday

by Ben Matheson on August 22, 2014

Mike Williams Sr. of Akiak. Photo by Mike Martz / KYUK.

Mike Williams Sr. of Akiak. Photo by Mike Martz / KYUK.

Yupiit Nation holds its annual meeting Friday and Saturday in Akiachak. The theme is “Protecting Our Tribal Sovereignty.” Yupiit Nation Chief Mike Williams says a top concern this weekend is tribes’ role in subsistence.

“But we’ve been here for thousand of years and we’ve managed our resources in the past, it’s nothing new. Once we get involved with managing our resources, conservation will occur and we going to work hard in getting the tribes governments to manage the resources,” said Williams.

The other immediate issue Williams cites is a proposed rule change to allow the Department of Interior to take land into trust for tribes, which would allow for some reservation-like controls on land.

The agenda includes updates on fish management, the 2012 fishing violations trials, and the Y-K Delta Regional Committee, among others. Members will review the constitution and bylaws and hold elections for Yupiit Nation Chief and Officers.

Williams calls Yupiit Nation a consortium of federally recognized tribes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Region working to advance tribal sovereignty.  Formed in 1978 with 19 tribes, Williams says there are now 12 active tribes.

Tune into KYUK Friday for live broadcasting of the meeting.

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