The Violence Against Women Act renewal bill would allow up to five Alaska tribes territorial jurisdiction in their villages to prosecute domestic abuse and other crimes, whether the accused is a tribal member or not.
Recent debates have focused on the criminal justice overhaul passed two years ago, known as Senate Bill 91. Both candidates offer distinct visions for reform.
Southeast’s largest tribal organization will soon be able to offer an alternative to the court system for some criminal cases.
The Association of Village Council Presidents is a nonprofit representing 56 villages across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and they want each village to develop its own tribal court.
The fight for local jurisdiction has led to the implementation of local courts as an alternative, at least in some cases, to the state’s criminal justice system.
Southeast Alaska’s largest tribal organization has authorized its courts to perform same-sex marriages.