December 8, 2021 – Anchorage Municipal Assembly and Native Village of Eklutna Joint Meeting
At the second joint meeting of the Anchorage Municipal Assembly and the Native Village of Eklutna, the group discussed avenues for collaboration on issues such as affordable housing, senior care, Indigenous concerns in law enforcement, and many others. The establishment of issue-area working groups was also discussed, which will help strengthen collaboration. Read the summary & minutes and watch the full video on Youtube.
November 16, 2021 – Leading Models for Municipal-Tribal Cooperation & Effective Local Governance – AML Panel
The panel featured the City of Albuquerque, NM– a national leader in establishing official ties between municipal and tribal governments, Anchorage’s new tribal recognition ordinance, existing agreements in Unalaska and Sitka, and collaboration in Nome. Through lively discussion, the panel addressed the challenges, sustainability, public support, and future prospects for Municipal-Tribal Governance in Alaska and beyond.
- City of Albuquerque Tribal Recognition Ordinance (2019 ordinance establishing govt-to-govt relationship formalized and established the Commission on American Indian and Alaska Native Affairs – First such law in the nation.)
- Municipality of Anchorage – Native Village of Eklutna Government to Government Relations Ordinance (2021 ordinance establishing govt-to-govt relationship – Second such law in the nation.)
- Sitka Tribe – City and Borough of Sitka MOU (1998)
- Qawalangin Tribe – City of Unalaska MOU (2020)
Alaska Tribal Recognition Initiative
A group called ‘Alaskans for Better Government’ is spearheading an effort to put a ballot initiative before Alaska voters in 2022 that would require the state to officially recognize all 229 federally-recognized tribes in Alaska. The petition has been certified as of October 11, 2021, and now will proceed to the signature gathering phase. Find articles and discussion of the initiative below:
- Alaska Public Media story about the initiative getting the required signatures – January 5, 2022
- National Native News segment discussing the initiative – December 27, 2021
- Overview of the initiative on Ballotpedia
- Alaska Public Media story on the initiative’s certification – October 11, 2021
- ADN story on certification – October 11, 2021
- Alaska’s News Source story on certification – October 12, 2021
- ADN story on initiative – August 13, 2021
- KYUK story on introduction of the bill by Rep. Zulkosky – April 30, 2021
Reference Materials and Websites
- Walker-Mallott Transition – Intergovernmental Relations Report (2014) (pdf)
- NSG Summary of US State-Tribal Relations (pdf)
- NSG State-Tribal Relations Matrix (pdf)
- NSG Millennium Agreement Review (pdf)
Other reports, materials, and websites
- Alaska Federation of Natives Resolution in support of the Rural Governance Commission
- “Ending Violence so Children Can Thrive,” a report by the U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence. November 2014.
- Millennium Agreement between the Federally Recognized Sovereign Tribes of Alaska and the State of Alaska
- Memorandum of Agreement between the State of Alaska and Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, August 2014
- Memorandum of Agreement between the State of Alaska, Microsoft Corporation, and Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, October 2014 – Annex No. 1
- Indian Law and Order Commission – Indian Law & Order Commission, Chapter 2: Reforming Justice for Alaska Natives: The Time is Now.
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
- Alaskan Village Justice: An Exploratory Study, John Angell for the Criminal Justice Planning Agency Governor’s Commission on the Administration of Justice State of Alaska.
- Alaska Natives Commission: Final Reports, Volumes I, II, III.
- Report of Alaska Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Fairness and Access (1997)and status update
- Achieving Alaska Native Self-Governance: Toward Implementation of the Alaska Natives Commission Report.
- Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, The situation of indigenous peoples in the United States of America (with a special section on Alaska)
- “Maze of Injustice” report by Amnesty International on the failure to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence in the USA.
- Legislators’ Guide to State-Tribal Relations (2013)
North Star Group Initiative
North Star Group (NSG) navigates complex social challenges related to resource development and community self-governance across Alaska, the Arctic, and beyond. Through respectful, mutually supportive relationships founded upon collaboration, the NSG global network of professionals guide business, government, and organizations toward socially responsible and economically sustainable goals. As international interest in the Arctic has increased, we have expanded our operations to include other geographic regions. NSG team members are based in Anchorage, Alaska, Washington, D.C., and Paris, France, with global partner organizations across the world.