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Association of Village Council Presidents

By The Associated Press

Oct. 3, 2016 - A leadership dispute is expected to be continued at a 3-day conference of the Association of Village Council Presidents kicking off in Bethel Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Protesting delegates plan to push their argument that the member villages are in charge of the regional nonprofit, not executive leadership. Protesters say the organization's executive board and their attorneys have hijacked authority from the tribes that created it decades ago to advocate for 56 Alaska Native communities.

AVCP 2015 Annual Report

June 14, 2016

AVCP admits to board of directors longstanding financial woes.

By Adrian Wagner, KYUK – Bethel

In southwest Alaska, the regional nonprofit tribal organization the Association of Village Council Presidents has confirmed near bankruptcy, authorless financial investments, and three pending audits.

  Wednesday, June 8th, Tribal leaders from across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta came together for what many thought was a long overdue discussion on the state of AVCP’s finances.

 5/12/16

Lawyers say state could be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars over Anchorage Legislative offices. After a judge ruled the building's lease was illegal, Legislators opted to lease a mid-town building.

Myron Naneng, long-time head of the Association of Village Council Presidents, abruptly resigns amid allegations of misspent federal funds.

Alaska performer Jack Dalton arrested for alleged sexual abuse of a minor.

Statewide Native claims leader, lobbyist John Borbridge, Jr., a Tlingit from Juneau, died Tuesday. 

House Majority divided on payments to oil companies

By the Associated Press

Republican House Speaker Mike Chenault said his caucus is not ready to vote on oil tax credit reform – a program that has the state paying 775 million dollars to oil and gas companies this year. Some think House Bill 247 doesn’t reduce payouts enough. Others oppose making changes as companies struggle with low oil prices.

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House adopts legislation to change approach of criminal justice system

Tribes seek info on layoffs, alleged mishandling of federal funds at AVCP

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage

Jan. 19, 2016
 

Four tribes in western Alaska are calling on the Association of Village Council Presidents to broaden the focus of a special meeting originally intended to address regional governance, and to set a date for the gathering. AVCP is the regional nonprofit serving the 56 villages in the Yukon and Kuskokwim river deltas.

In Northwest Alaska, tax increase prompts lawsuit

By the Associated Press

A world-class zinc mine operating in northwest Alaska is suing the Northwest Arctic Borough, claiming the borough has enacted an unfair severance tax. TeckAlaska claims the tax will double or triple payments by the Red Dog Mine to the borough.

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Tribes seek info on AVCP layoffs and alleged mishandling of federal funds

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA - Anchorage

Dec. 23, 2015

Association of Village Council Presidents points to economy as cause for layoffs

By Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK - Bethel

The Bethel-based regional nonprofit Association of Village Council Presidents, or AVCP, has laid off 30 employees, citing budget concerns.

In a press release, the corporation says general staff will take a five percent salary reduction, and senior management will face a ten percent salary cut.

It's unclear why the layoffs are occurring but AVCP cited the economy.

Nov. 18, 2015

Association of Village Council Presidents announces plan to create dozens of tribal courts in Y-K regionBy Anna Rose McArthur, KYUK-Bethel

An Alaska non-profit wants to do something new—set up courts for about a quarter of Alaska’s tribes. The Bethel-based Association of Village Council Presidents, or AVCP, is a nonprofit representing 56 villages across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. It wants 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.

Proposed state spending for infrastructure down a billion from 10-year average

The Senate Finance Committee has unveiled a stripped-down, draft rewrite of the capital budget. As it stands, it would be one of the smallest in Alaska in more than a decade.

The bill proposes a $1.5 billion dollar budget capital budget for fiscal year 2016. That’s down a billion from the 10-year average of $2.5 billion. Amendments are expected to be considered today [Thursday]. Whatever ultimately passes the Senate would go to the House for consideration.

By Daysha Eaton, KYUK

The Alaska Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s decision that Yup’ik Fishermen who fished for King salmon during a state closure should be convicted. The decision was issued Friday (March 27). 

The Attorney for the Yup’ik Fishermen is James Davis with the Northern Justice Project. He says the court asked the wrong question:

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