TCC Chief/Chairman Victor Joseph participated in a public safety roundtable on May 30th that was hosted by Senator Sullivan in honor of the US Attorney General’s (AG) visit to Alaska. The group consisted of Alaska Native leadership from around the state. While the topics centered on justice and public safety, the common theme was clear: Alaska needs a public safety solution.
Additionally, Tanana Chiefs Conference had the honor of hosting AG Barr on a trip to Galena. Tribal leaders and youth delegates from the Yukon-Koyukuk region traveled to attend a listening session with
- AG Barr, the US Attorney for Alaska
- Bryan Schroder, the Director of the Office on Violence Against Women
- Katie Sullivan, Director of the Office of Tribal Justice
- Tracy Toulou
- and several others from the Department of Justice
- and Senator Sullivan’s and Murkowski’s office.
Village leadership in attendance included;
- Leo Lolnitz , First Chief of Koyukuk
- Katie Kangas, First Chief of Ruby
- Elsie Vent Huslia Council Member
- Mickey Stickman, First Chief of Nulato
- Tristan Madros, First Chief of Kaltag
- Charlie Green, First Chief of Galena
- Chevey Roach, Mayor of Shageluk.
Many commented on the how there is often no response from the troopers, that the Chief is often the only one that is called when there is a crisis or alleged criminal activity.
TCC and many of our communities have received funding from the Department of Justice in the form of grants from Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), Victims of Crimes (VOCA), and Community Oriented Policing (COPS). These are competitive grants that with the exception of CTAS are available to law enforcement entities across the nation.