Legislature(2021 - 2022)GRUENBERG 120

04/22/2021 03:00 PM STATE AFFAIRS

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03:08:17 PM Start
03:10:05 PM Confirmation Hearing|| Department of Public Safety, Commissioner
03:40:05 PM HB63
04:12:10 PM HB123
04:28:23 PM HB148
04:32:00 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+ Consideration of Governor's Appointees: TELECONFERENCED
- Dept. of Public Safety: Commissioner James
Cockrell
-- Public Testimony --
+= HB 63 ALASKA MARINE HIGHWAY OPERATIONS BOARD TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 63(STA) Out of Committee
+= HB 123 STATE RECOGNITION OF TRIBES TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 123 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+= HB 148 ALASKA COORDINATE SYSTEM OF 2022 TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 148 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
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              HB  123-STATE RECOGNITION OF TRIBES                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:12:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS  announced that  the next order  of business                                                               
would  be  HOUSE  BILL  NO.  123, "An  Act  providing  for  state                                                               
recognition of federally recognized  tribes; and providing for an                                                               
effective date."                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:12:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS opened public testimony.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:13:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOEL JACKSON,  President, Organized  Village of Kake,  stated his                                                               
support  for HB  123.    He asserted  that  Tribes  had not  been                                                               
recognized by  the State  of Alaska.   He  opined that  the state                                                               
only  recognized  Tribes  when  it  wanted  to  work  with  them;                                                               
further, he  said the state  had asked Tribes to  relinquish part                                                               
of their  sovereignty.   He believed that  was unacceptable.   He                                                               
reported  that there  were  229 Tribes  in  Alaska that  provided                                                               
services to  all its  Tribal citizens  using millions  of dollars                                                               
from the federal  government.  Those services  would otherwise be                                                               
paid for by the  state, he pointed out.  He  believed it was time                                                               
for the  state to recognize  and work with Tribes  without asking                                                               
them to relinquish any sovereignty.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:15:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DELORES LARSON,  United Tribes of  Bristol Bay  (UTBB), expressed                                                               
support for HB 123, as it  would take an overdue step towards the                                                               
state's  formal  recognition  of  Alaska's Tribal  nation.    She                                                               
believed  that   the  Tribe's  inherent  sovereignty   should  be                                                               
recognized by the  state because it would  allow both governments                                                               
to  work together  to  better  serve its  shared  citizens.   She                                                               
considered  the many  challenges  in  public safety,  healthcare,                                                               
education, and  housing, which would be  better addressed through                                                               
cooperative work  between governments, she said.   She maintained                                                               
that  a   continued  and  intentional  effort   not  to  formally                                                               
recognize the  229 federally recognized Tribal  governments would                                                               
be a tremendous disservice to all  citizens of Alaska.  She urged                                                               
the committee to support HB 123.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:17:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COURTENAY  CARTY, Tribal  Administrator, Curyung  Tribal Council,                                                               
relayed that Curyung Tribal Council  was the federally recognized                                                               
Tribe of  Dillingham and the largest  Tribe in Bristol Bay.   The                                                               
majority of its Tribal government  services were provided through                                                               
the Bureau of  Indian Affairs (BIA) compact with  the Bristol Bay                                                               
Native Association.  Additionally,  she reported that the Curyung                                                               
Tribal Council  regularly worked with  the state and the  city of                                                               
Dillingham  on  the  justice system,  education,  transportation,                                                               
infrastructure, and  natural resource  management.   Further, the                                                               
council operated an active Tribal  court to protect its children.                                                               
She continued  to explain  that they  partnered with  their local                                                               
school  district  to  incorporate cultural  components  into  the                                                               
classrooms.  This  year alone, $311,000 was provided  to GCSD for                                                               
educational needs  related to  COVID-19.   She conveyed  that the                                                               
council upheld  its traditional role  in the management  of land,                                                               
water,  fish,  and  wildlife  by   working  with  ADF&G  and  the                                                               
Department  of  Natural  Resources  to  actively  participate  in                                                               
research  and  the  regulatory processes  that  governed  natural                                                               
resources.   She concluded that  all Tribes deserved to  be heard                                                               
and recognized as equal governments  by the state.  She expressed                                                               
her appreciation  for the opportunity  to provide input  and said                                                               
she was grateful that HB 123 was being heard in committee.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:22:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS closed public testimony.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:22:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TARR thanked  the testifiers  for sharing  in the                                                               
significance of  this legislation.   She recalled  her experience                                                               
on  the House  Special  Committee on  Tribal  Affairs (HTRB)  and                                                               
believed that  although recognition existed federally,  there was                                                               
pain associated  with this ongoing  issue that the state  had not                                                               
addressed.  She  said she was honored to have  the opportunity to                                                               
right that wrong.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   VANCE   said   her  experience   on   HTRB   was                                                               
educational, as there were less  than 3 percent of Alaska Natives                                                               
living in her district.  She  explained that she gained a broader                                                               
understanding of  the need for  recognition and the  tension that                                                               
existed between the  state and Tribal governments.   She believed                                                               
that the  proposed legislation  would be  a brave  step; however,                                                               
she  admitted that  it  was  still uncomfortable  for  her.   She                                                               
recounted how a  Tribal member helped her  understand that Tribes                                                               
were   inherently   sovereign;    further,   she   said   [formal                                                               
recognition]  would   only  improve  the   existing  relationship                                                               
between  the state  and Tribal  governments.   She expressed  her                                                               
hope that  the proposed legislation would  provide an opportunity                                                               
to  move forward  and "lay  aside" the  pain from  the past.   In                                                               
closing, she expressed her support for the passage of HB 123.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  STORY  thanked  the  bill  sponsor  for  bringing                                                               
forward a bill that would  formally recognize Tribal sovereignty.                                                               
She said  she had the  privilege of  raising her family  on ?ak'w                                                               
Kw?an land  and believed  that sovereign  recognition would  be a                                                               
step  in  the long  journey  of  healing  and restoration.    She                                                               
expressed her hoped that the bill would be supported.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS stated his appreciation  for the work by the                                                               
bill sponsor  and the previous  legislature on this issue,  as it                                                               
was long  overdue.   He believed it  was in  incredibly important                                                               
statement of  respect and partnership  by the State of  Alaska to                                                               
the Tribes.  He shared  a personal anecdote about the government-                                                               
to-government relationship in the community of Sitka.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:27:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CLAMAN  moved to  report HB  123 out  of committee                                                               
with  individual  recommendations  and  the  accompanying  fiscal                                                               
notes.  Without objection, HB 123  was moved from the House State                                                               
Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Cockrell - Letter of Support - NP 4.16.21.pdf HSTA 4/22/2021 3:00:00 PM
Cockrell - Letter of Support - Soldotna 4.16.21.pdf HSTA 4/22/2021 3:00:00 PM
HB 123 Letter of Support - FNA 4.21.21.pdf HSTA 4/22/2021 3:00:00 PM
HB 123
HB 123 Letter of Support - Chugachmiut 4.19.21.pdf HSTA 4/22/2021 3:00:00 PM
HB 123
HB 123 Letter of Support - PPAA 4.21.21.pdf HSTA 4/22/2021 3:00:00 PM
HB 123
HB 123 Letter of Support - ANDVSA 4.19.21.pdf HSTA 4/22/2021 3:00:00 PM
HB 123
HB 123 Letter of Support - CRNA 4.19.21.pdf HSTA 4/22/2021 3:00:00 PM
HB 123
Work Draft - CS for HB 63(STA).pdf HSTA 4/22/2021 3:00:00 PM
HB 63
HB 63 Amendment O.1 - Kreiss-Tomkins 4.21.21.pdf HSTA 4/22/2021 3:00:00 PM
HB 63
HB 63 Amendment O.4 - Story 4.21.21.pdf HSTA 4/22/2021 3:00:00 PM
HB 63
HB 63 Amendment O.2 - Kreiss-Tomkins 4.21.21.pdf HSTA 4/22/2021 3:00:00 PM
HB 63
HB 123 Fiscal Note - Dept of Law 4.5.21.pdf HSTA 4/22/2021 3:00:00 PM
HB 123
HB 123 Letter of Support - Bristol Bay 4.21.21.pdf HSTA 4/22/2021 3:00:00 PM
HB 123
HB 123 Letter of Support - King Island 4.21.21.pdf HSTA 4/22/2021 3:00:00 PM
HB 123
HB 63 Amendment O.6 - Kreiss-Tomkins 4.22.21.pdf HSTA 4/22/2021 3:00:00 PM
HB 63
HB 63 Amendment O.7 - Kreiss-Tomkins 4.22.21.pdf HSTA 4/22/2021 3:00:00 PM
HB 63