“They needed to come up with new thinking,” said Greg Razo, an attorney with more than 20 years of experience in Alaska. “It’s too expensive to just build prisons and throw more people in jail.”
While many Bering Strait and Norton Sound tribes have courts that can handle child protection cases, experts say the push is now for tribal authority over misdemeanors and other crimes.
Tribal sovereignty experts at the Kawerak Regional Conference say the regulations could have major implications for foster care in Alaska.
Beyond supporting the re-election of Democratic Senator Mark Begich, the convention in Nome endorsed a party candidate for the U.S. House and reiterated support for gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott.
Alaska tribes could place their lands under federal trust, potentially opening the doors for patches of land with tribal sovereignty that would operate similar to Indian reservations in the lower-48. The changes come through a proposed rule from the Department of the Interior released Wednesday. But what that means for Alaska is uncertain.
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