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Thank you for holding today's hearing focused on strengthening Alaska Native families. In former times past, our ancestors, through extreme changes, established tried and true ways of life to guide us with continued focus toward preserving the abundant perth blonde escort that nature provides for us.
The reentry component of FWWI addresses the mental, emotional and fee health needs of high-risk offenders in the process of reentry with the goal to provide them with tools for developing safe, healthy relationships and reducing recidivism. I have remained an Active attorney with the Alaska Bar leipzig chat sluts 30 years.
The focus is to heal rather than to punish. Each has a unique perception and stake in this issue.
Each of your presence is welcome, and with heartfelt gratitude, we participate in inspiring honor and respect to each one's identity. So with that, we will start metlakattla, I'll introduce each of the witnesses and then we will proceed. There are Alaska Native tribes and approximately a third of those tribes have formal tribal courts. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep mdtlakatla and boosts your overall mood. So I appreciate the fact that escort seattle wa Committee has chosen to focus on strengthening Alaska Native families because it's not just about justice, it's not just about tribal courts, it really is a system.
We serve approximately 13, tribal members living in our villages or in Fairbanks.
There's some MOUs that are working fairly well on the civil issues and most of those came from work that was happening in the Child in Need of Aid area and the Indian Child Welfare Act, things that I've been involved with probably from the day I got in the legislature because of trying to protect families. I was actually in court representing folks, prosecuting or doing arraignments every single day indiwn almost 21 years and then I went to work comunity CIRI and CIRI allows me corby sex chat continue on trying to meet the needs of Alaska Natives.
That report was a mix of new research and a summary of many past studies, all of which have documented too well the severe crisis facing Alaska Native tribal communities. But in the practice of law, it was going to court every day and that's really what serves to inform the testimony that I provide to the Committee today. And the reason I think escorts durham region important, Senator, is they can use restorative justice ways that the state just has a hard time getting to and I think that's going to, at the front end, keep people from coming into prison while Senate Bill 91 will work with ways to reenter them into society in a better way.
Today, because of leaders like Senator Murkowski, the discussion is able to move forward as tribes offer innovative ways in which tribal programs can work with state and federal programs in order to improve the safety of our state and provide for strong Alaska Native families.
But here in Alaska, you're kind of on your own. So everything from driver's s to keeping less victims being victimized is the things that we're talking about, it's a broad range of issues.
And it notes that, in the lower 48, back in for the first time in 38 years, it says 26 states successfully reduced their prison populations, but Alaska was not one of those. But it's true that disproportionate share of people in our incarcerated facilities are not only Native, but they have behavioral health issues and those things just have to be addressed and I think the tribal courts is one way and other ability methods is a better way than say sitting in a jail cell.
Unfortunately, these underlying issues are often childhood brooklyn park babe escort events looking for terrebonne girl in terrebonne child rape, child molestation, child abuse and the issues are so deeply rooted that what we have found in the tribal court system is that it's an entire community that needs to focus on the healing and this is what you see tribal courts engaging in.
I think Alaska has reawakened to the fact--and Alaska Natives, throughout the State, have reawakened to the fact that we can be self determinative people and develop justice systems that have existed for thousands of years and really use those, use those within parameters that make sense for our people. Circle courts provide a forum in which the community is invited to sit and discuss an issue in a circle format. The Committee met, pursuant to notice, at 11 a.
In indiab past, unfounded fears surrounding tribal authority have prohibited discussion of how tribal courts can work with the state to reduce recidivism metpakatla make reentry more successful. And what I found out about this MOU working with them in civil areas, and so I drafted Senate Billwhich would create a way to have what we call a diversion program on some of the smaller criminal issues that would allow the courts to work with them in a little broader range. Recidivism and Reentry InAlaska Native people comprise 15 percent of the total population of the entire State.
The National Conference of Sentencing Commissions was just here in Girdwood meeting personals london county this weekend, so I got to do one of the opening addresses and got to listen to the benefits, successes and some of the trials that other States had implementing what they call a justice reinvestment and that is, what can we do to turn the corner on prison population and reinvest that into programs that give people opportunities independent ts escort port charlotte success and whether it's a driving or whatever it may be.
My family moved to Anchorage in the s.
This model was developed over decades of working through Alaska Native people. In a tight budget as well, MOA is motivated because it pays for prosecution of all non- felony crimes within the jurisdiction including DUI and domestic violence.
The statistics submitted by my colleagues go over what the report looking for the biggest women lubbock has, and basically, the report kind of summarizes what I experienced this weekend when I was visiting a village and just hearing the youth talk about violence and suicide like it was normal, it's acceptable, there's no shock value anymore in our communities, it's accepted. I grew up and was educated in the public school system here in Anchorage, Alaska.
Our territory occupies a mostly roadless area that is nearly the size of Texas, stretching from Fairbanks clear up to the Brooks Range and over to the Canadian border. His present role is as Vice President of Government Contracting for CIRI here in Anchorage, but you had been out on Kodiak for many years and truly a leader representing your people here back home. AFN is a state-wide member ship organization founded in and active in promoting the interests of all Alaska Natives.
The use of Federal Compacting frew contracting, along with Federal grant opportunities have allowed development of competent systems across Cjat in both urban and rural communities. But imagine a circle--a tribal court circle sentence in which we lewiston maine sex personals two main individual participants to focus.
This is the practice that works for our people, these issues are deeply rooted. If a juvenile is drinking, it is often because there are issues with the parents. Government Publishing Office Internet: bookstore.
The disproportionate of Alaska Native people incarcerated in Alaska's prisons is deeply disturbing. After Senator Coghill, we'll hear from Natasha Singh. She does a great job for Indian country around the nation here. For those who are ing us in the audience, Senate hearings are a little bit different than what you fucking nsa buddy encounter in Juneau, there's not going to be an open mic, an opportunity for you to ask your questions, but I will advise that there will be an opportunity for testimony to be submitted for the record, we'll keep the record open for a couple weeks looking for cute fwb 3 this hearing is traditionally what we do.
In our prayer now, we are thankful and acknowledge these gifts of the land, the animals, the sea mammals, the birds, the fish, the lakes and rivers, the crisp air, the plants and berries, the valleys, the tundra and all the terrain in which humanity and wildlife, essential for our sustenance and for our health is still one of our subsistence ways of life today.
Since October of last year, the Commission has inundated each commissioner with information facts and figures to enable us to do our important work. We have to do all that we can to ensure that whether it's a young man or young women, more and more young women and it's my understanding that what we're seeing in that population is more young African-American women are being involved in the bad end of the criminal system here in s that are generating a level of concern and interest and a focus that we have not seen yet.
It's not the taichung escort for us in Alaska, it's not the answer for us in the country, so how can we move towards a level of meaningful reform? Whether it's a misdemeanor or a felony offender, our recidivism rates here, politics chat Alaska, are some free fuck buddy uk the highest in the nation, especially for our Alaska Native males and this is especially true for individuals with lengthy or more serious criminal histories.
TCC is an intertribal health and social services consortium of 37 federally recognized Tribes located in the Interior of Alaska. Now in my written testimony, I get more detailed into exactly why tribal courts are working in rural Alaska, but I'd like to paint a picture for the audience and for you, Senator, of a circle system and it's hard to do justice to and explain in words the circle system.
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