Main Convention Work Sessions
Community Based Solutions ~ Addressing Drug Abuse and Empowering Wellness
Time: Thursday 3-5pm Location: Main Convention Hall, 3rd floor
Partners: ANTHC (Facilitation and Coordination)
Planning committee members & speakers identified through: Aleutians East Borough School District, Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Eastern Aleutian Tribes, Maniilaq Association, Qagan Tayagungin Tribe, Tanana, Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation
This workshop focuses on solution-based Alaskan community efforts aimed at reclaiming our community health. As we work as a state to save our resources, our land, and our water, we also all must take action and do what we can do to support our people, our children, and our cultures. Part of this is done by talking about mental health and mental illness, drug and alcohol use and misuse, and our collective responsibility to continue to destigmatize these topics and improve community wellness.
This workshop highlights current community based efforts from around the state. These are the stories of individuals who have found partnerships in their towns and villages to address challenging situations head on with innovative and traditional solutions. The audience will be invited to join the conversation and share perspective for ways we might get the word out to increase and effect wide-spread community change.
Business Innovations for Alaskans: A Partnership to Share, Learn and Build Upon Alaska Native Corporate Models of Business
Time: Thursday 3-5pm Location: K’enakatnu 6, 2nd floor
Partners: University of Alaska’s College of Business and Public Policy, Alaska Native Corporations, State of Alaska
Panelists will share success stories and innovative approaches to in-state investments, and will also examine what policy changes are needed to improve ANCs’ ability to stimulate Alaska’s economy. The panelists will highlight development in rural Alaska, which faces high rates of unemployment and are some of the most economically depressed areas in our country.
The moderator of this workshop will be Sheri Buretta, Chairman, Chugach Alaska Corporation. Panelists will include Jason Metrokin, President & CEO of Bristol Bay Native Corporation; Maver Carey, President & CEO of The Kuskokwim Corporation; and Carl Marrs, CEO of Old Harbor Native Corporation.
Justice for Alaska Natives
Time: Thursday 3-5pm Location: Tubughnenq 3-5, 2nd floor
Partners: Alaska Native Justice Center, Alaska Criminal Justice Commission, Alaska Legal Services Corporation
Alaska’s justice system disproportionately confines Alaska Natives and exercises control over their lives with probation and parole supervision. The prison and probation population has grown significantly over the last decade, and is projected to keep growing.
In the first part of this workshop, we will learn what’s driving the growth in Alaska’s prison population, with a special focus on Alaska Natives, and the cost to all of us if the prison population continues to grow un-checked. Terry Schuster from the Pew Charitable Trusts will also describe the current work of the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission. The Commission will use recent state data and national research to propose reforms to state laws and practices for the 2015 Legislative Session.
In the second part of this workshop, we will hear from a panel of experts about efforts already underway in Alaska communities, courts and Corrections to reform the traditional (Western) criminal justice model. In the last third of this program, Greg Razo, AFN Board member and a member of the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission, will engage Convention attendees in a conversation about the focus of a potential AFN resolution in support of justice reform.
Building Capacity in Co-management
Time: Thursday 3-5pm Location: Kahtnu 1-2, 2nd floor
Partners: AVCP, TCC, Afognak, North Slope Borough, Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP
This workshop will focus on how Alaska Native groups can build capacity to grow co-management projects with the state and federal governments, for the advancement of Alaska Native management of traditional and customary fish and wildlife resources critical to the well-being of Alaska Native communities, and for the improvement of resource management for all of Alaska. The workshop will provide a brief overview of the status of co-management in Alaska today, and explore opportunities, tools, and resources to further build Alaska Native capacity for increased co-management.
Opportunities for “Co-management” include, but are not limited to: increasing ANILCA Section 809 Agreements with Alaska Native organizations; increasing Annual Funding Agreements under Title IV of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, where self-governance Tribal Governments /Organization can undertake programs, functions, services and activities on behalf of non-BIA Department of Interior Agencies; MOUs/MOAs with the State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game; adopting Private Lands Wildlife Management programs; and drafting new legislation which allows for co-management. Panelists will include Victor Joseph, President and Chairman of Tanana Chiefs Conference; Myron Naneng, President of the Association of Village Council Presidents; Taqulik Hepa, Director of the North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management; and Howard Valley, Lands and Timber Executive for Afognak Native Corporation.