Denali Commission to be led by leftist former head of AFN

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U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Mary Peltola have passed along their recommendation for Julie Kitka to serve as the Denali Commission Federal Co-Chair. If approved, Kitka would replace Jocelyn Fenton who started serving in the role of Interim Federal Co-Chair on March 6, 2024.

“Alaskans know what Julie Kitka can deliver when she’s taking the lead,” said Sen. Murkowski. For 33 years, she served as the President of the Alaska Federation of Natives, successfully balancing the needs of a diverse group of tribes, village corporations, regional corporations, regional nonprofits and tribal consortiums, while advocating for Alaskan Natives on a local, state, and federal level. There is no one I can think who is more qualified to advocate for economic development in rural Alaska than Julie.”

“Julie Kitka has been a generational leader advancing the interests and improving the lives of Alaska Native people,” said Sen. Sullivan. “During her historic, 33-year tenure as President of the Alaska Federation of Natives, Julie elevated the voices of Alaska Native communities and tribes to the highest levels of our state and federal governments, and accomplished so much on behalf of tens of thousands of Alaskans. She also had an unwavering focus on connecting AFN to our Alaska-based military and veterans community that was another very impressive aspect of her tenure. Julie’s wealth of leadership experience and vast knowledge of rural Alaska uniquely qualify her to lead the Denali Commission and execute its important mission. I look forward to continuing to work with Julie in this new role to create opportunities for economic and infrastructure development in our rural communities.”

“Julie Kitka is a force of nature. Her work at the forefront of Alaska Native politics has inspired and motivated many across the state. I’ve known Julie for many years, and she has always spoken out for the issues Native and rural Alaskans face. As an organization dedicated to serving the needs of rural Alaskans, the Denali Commission needs a leader like Julie,” said Rep. Peltola. “I’m proud of the delegation’s selection, and I’m hopeful that we will see her approved and at work as soon as possible.”

The Denali Commission was established in 1998 by the late Sen. Ted Stevens to fund economic development and infrastructure in rural Alaska. The commission also serves as the lead agency to assist communities facing flooding, permafrost degradation threats and coastal erosion.

Under her leadership, AFN devolved into a leftist political organization to the point where it has become hostile territory for any Republican. AFN has become so radical that a number of Alaska Native corporations have left the organization in recent years, including Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, Doyon, Tlingit Haida Central Council, and the Aleut Corporation. ASRC is the state’s wealthiest private corporation, while Doyon is Alaska’s largest private landowner.

Kitka was the recipient of the 2022 Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Awards for her “tireless commitment to ensuring and advancing the rights of Alaska Natives.” Ecotrust is based in Portland, Oregon.

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  1. Tribal funds are drying up…Denali commission is no better or no safer than working for a government job

  2. She sure has helped all these communities stand on the wrong without federal dollars without state dollars not she is just another puppet.

  3. FML – there is nothing about equality, constitutional representation in law or accent to justice for all w Julie Kitka.

  4. Correction: Access to justice – holy cow. There are more than ten leaders in Alaska. Thief is what Julie Kitka is – she supports a class system of blood quantum and limited access to representation in law for all alaskans, Alaska native descendants – She steals from people with disabilities. Like the Alaska technet. The group I started at alyeska pipeline – the first broadband grant brought in to Alaska im listed as a key person – not Julie Kitka – Native preference is theft, genocide and discrimination based on race.

    • You claim to be listed as a key person with no proof. You use the word genocide in such a shallow and reckless way that you shouldn’t be considered a serious person.

      There are documented genocides in living memory: Hitler’s extermination campaign against Jews, Slavs, and Roma. The Rwandan Hutu campaign to murder Tutsis. Pol Pot’s extermination of his declared political opponents.

      Mass killings directed by governments, such as Stalin’s, Mao’s, the Ottomans, and Milosevic’s, could reasonably be classified as genocide.

      Whatever you may personally feel about “Native preference”, “genocide” is not the appropriate definition. You cheapen the memory of actual innocent victims and you expose youself as an ignorant fool.

      You are not a serious person. Log off, be better, and try to learn something.

      • Here’s Jimmy the Abuser again, telling women they’re stupid and to shut up.
        Post your real name Jimmy.

        • Ikr – it’s a public record he could verify before making an a double s out of himself by not knowing his own history and insulting someone before doing any review but it doesn’t matter they go vote science our and themselves in even if others are working on their own thing. I had a lengthy reply below w the state contact information, but people like him are everywhere,- I couldn’t figure out the reply thing so it’s way below. Verifying the facts is something that’s often missed in those native preference board meetings. Voting to change history – to erase people – to enrich themselves. How not a governing or leadership quality – I believe it’s actually a crime. They can use the fact they claim not to be subject to the civil rights and destroy lives but the financial crimes…

          I believe the native leadership needs to be held accountable for destroying people’s lives because they wanted what the person had, like myself.

          Here’s another:

          Deprivation Of Rights Under Color Of Law

          Summary:

          Section 242 of Title 18 makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.

          For the purpose of Section 242, acts under “color of law” include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within their lawful authority, but also acts done beyond the bounds of that official’s lawful authority, if the acts are done while the official is purporting to or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties. Persons acting under color of law within the meaning of this statute include police officers, prisons guards and other law enforcement officials, as well as judges, care providers in public health facilities, and others who are acting as public officials. It is not necessary that the crime be motivated by animus toward the race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin of the victim.

          The offense is punishable by a range of imprisonment up to a life term, or the death penalty, depending upon the circumstances of the crime, and the resulting injury, if any.

          TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242

          Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, … shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

          Updated May 31, 2021

  5. AFN has been divided in two, but I don’t think it is just Kitka’s fault.
    The “divide & conquer”, woke mentality had a lot to do w/ it.
    Greenies have worked the Native population exhaustively for years & have gained a lot of “progress”.

    AFN became AK Natives who want government hand outs (& more handouts) vs. AK Natives who still think people should get training, education & acquire jobs to pay their own way.
    Interesting to note that all 3 of our “delegation” have had support from AFN, as did Don Young & Ted Stevens.

  6. Back when Jack Abramoff was still running his operation out of Don Young’s office, Ms K became involved in a group known as the Alaska Native Elder Legacy Fund.

    ‘https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/cbp/main/search/entities

    A plethora of bad actors in Abramoff’s orbit were involved in the creation of this entity, including 2 low level Abramoff staffers who were connected to Jack’s scheme to funnel money to Israeli settlers, a man connected to the black widow murders in Los Angeles, a commercial insurance broker in Anchorage who would have helped facilitate the plan, as well as a couple of family members of a high level Young staffer at the time.

    The plan was to take out insurance policies on Alaska Native Elders and then reap the proceeds when they die.

    The whole thing even made it into the official Congressional record when John McCain investigated Abramoff’s “Gimme Five” scheme to defraud Native American Tribes.

    Search, “The Elder Legacy Project”

    ‘https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CRPT-109srpt325/html/CRPT-109srpt325.htm

    Fortunately this scheme to defraud was stopped cold in its tracks when Abramoff was busted and the entity was involuntarily dissolved.

    • How so?
      Was Doyon, ASRC, Aleut Corp and Tligit/Haida Council being “racist” when they left AFN?
      AFN backed the Federal Government over the Dene people of the Interior, in control over their Doyon land!
      A group founded to support Native Alaskan people went against the group of Native people (Doyon Regional) that own the biggest amount of land in AK!
      What’s the point of “land claims” if Natives that own land have it controlled by the Feds w/ AFN’s blessing?
      They still are Natives on a Federal “reservation” doing what the Feds tell them … aren’t they?
      AFN has been fighting Native fishermen in the False Pass region (Aleuts) for decades.
      AFN sides with liberal, environmentalist Natives, not ALL Natives.

      Typical left wing sloganeering Mark.

  7. Reply Jimmy Madison – please go to the State office and review the grant – it’s a public record – here’s the copied text if the original broadband grant. If you had the capacity to investigate state records maybe you all would commit less fraud – you don’t even know your own history. Kitka, Gottlieb et al defraud everyone. I copied one of the communications from the department that administered the grant. You know checking fa ts is your responsibility before inadvertently stealing from people. Contact rich gazaway, erv barbes at alyeska pipeline. All the native hrc board members signed permanent records to enter trans Alaska pipeline facilities. A different record you could check and seeing as the rest of the world genocide was copied from the example of the United States of America you could additionally find definitions of genocide that meet the outcomes described and defined in law through any number of regulatory or ivy league teaching institutions.

    Please learn how verify your own history instead of destroying everyone’s constitutional and medical rights via native preference and political gerrymandering AKA fraud.

    FRANK H. MURKOWSKI, GOVERNOR

    701 WEST EIGHTH AVENUE, SUITE 300 ANCHORAGE, ALASKA 59501 3469 PHONE (907) 275-6222

    FAX (907) 278-0160

    (807)276-4533

    WEBSITE: http://www.stato ak usnica

    DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT REGULATORY COMMISSION OF ALASKA

    January 22, 2004

    Steve Hamlen, President/CEO United Utilities, Inc. 5450 ‘A’ Street Anchorage, AK 99518-1291

    Re: Rural Alaska Broadband Internet Access Grant Program

    Dear Mr. Hamlen:

    You were recently notified that your company has been selected as a potential recipient of Rural Alaska Broadband Internet Access Grant Program funds, subject to acceptable revisions to your grant project proposal. The revisions suggested by the Rural Alaska Broadband Internet Access Grant Program Evaluation Committee are as follows:

    1. United Utilities must amend its training proposal to eliminate expenses attributable to Village Management Institute leadership and management training at Sheldon Jackson College, and instead submit a revised training plan that focuses on on-site training opportunities at each proposed location. One recommended element of the revised training proposal is the on-site availability of a local technical representative who is trained in hardware and software applications, including operating systems, web page design, e-mail management, e-commerce alternatives, and other Internet applications. United Utilities may wish to retain the proposed 24-hour help desk number for technical support needs.

    2. As initially proposed, free community access was limited to one computer terminal per community access point for two years of free access. United Utilities should revise its training proposal to include a community center with multiple free access terminals during the Start-up Phase. United Utilities’ revised proposal should indicate the number of community centers per location, the number of public use computers per community center, hours that the community center will be open, and the period of time that free public access will be provided at these community centers.

    3. United Utilities’ amended proposal should reflect cost savings attributable to the elimination of Mekyoruk from the list of proposed communities.

    January 22, 2004 letter to Steve Hamlen

    Page 2 of 2

    Please submit a revised proposal and budget to address the deficiencies noted above. Seven copies of the revised proposal should be filed with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska by February 5, 2004.

    If you need any further information, please contact John Paul (Jess) Manaois (263-2174) or myself (263-2164), Jess or I will contact you once the Evaluation Committee has reviewed your revised proposal.

    Sincerely,

    Bich Gogury

    Rich Gazaway, Common Carrier Specialist

    Regulatory Commission of Alaska

    Cheryl Bowie, Marketing Representative, United Utilities, Inc.

  8. Reply: Jimmy Madison

    Here’s some information about public mistrust – the Alaska Federation of Natives, The Alaska Native Health Board, The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Southcentral Foundation and other powerful regional corporations, native foundations and governing bodies are not held to any standards in law although that could easily be challenged. The feds intention to have the state of Alaska oversee the Alaska native corporations and allowing them to register with the state was meant to codify in law the integrity of the organizations and hold them to standards used in traditional commerce in Alaska and beyond.

    I am Alaska native, please educate yourself and quit assuming all challenges are from white people.

    If the state of Alaska certified our elections you would most likely know your own history and opportunities would be more available for all people but alas science will come back to educate you when it bites the most inconveniently as we all have learned.

    You can also look up all the corporations and healthcare organizations online and find Cook inlet region has control of southcentral.foundatiin and also has an investment firm listed at South Central foundations address and the corporate papers list southcentral foundation and coltsfoot as the same name. Then if you look at. Cook inlets distribution you see their shareholders getting multiple dividend checks throughout the year. There is no oversight but that money is supposed to provide healthcare for over 70,000 primary care patients and being as there are less than 9,200 CIRI shareholders they are stealing from other patients to pay their shareholders – this is called denial of care – a crime. No oversight and they know it & that’s why they’re on the judiciary council.

    ‘https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/5/2635.702

    LII Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR)

    Title 5—Administrative Personnel CHAPTER XVI—OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS SUBCHAPTER B—GOVERNMENT ETHICS PART 2635—STANDARDS OF ETHICAL CONDUCT FOR EMPLOYEES OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH Subpart G—Misuse of Position § 2635.702 Use of public office for private gain.

    5 CFR § 2635.702 – Use of public office for private gain.
    CFR

    § 2635.702 Use of public office for private gain.
    An employee shall not use his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity, including nonprofit organizations of which the employee is an officer or member, and persons with whom the employee has or seeks employment or business relations. The specific prohibitions set forth in paragraphs (a) through (d) of this section apply this general standard, but are not intended to be exclusive or to limit the application of this section.

    (a) Inducement or coercion of benefits. An employee shall not use or permit the use of his Government position or title or any authority associated with his public office in a manner that is intended to coerce or induce another person, including a subordinate, to provide any benefit, financial or otherwise, to himself or to friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity.

    Example 1:
    Offering to pursue a relative’s consumer complaint over a household appliance, an employee of the Securities and Exchange Commission called the general counsel of the manufacturer and, in the course of discussing the problem, stated that he worked at the SEC and was responsible for reviewing the company’s filings. The employee violated the prohibition against use of public office for private gain by invoking his official authority in an attempt to influence action to benefit his relative.
    Example 2:
    An employee of the Department of Commerce was asked by a friend to determine why his firm’s export license had not yet been granted by another office within the Department of Commerce. At a department-level staff meeting, the employee raised as a matter for official inquiry the delay in approval of the particular license and asked that the particular license be expedited. The official used her public office in an attempt to benefit her friend and, in acting as her friend’s agent for the purpose of pursuing the export license with the Department of Commerce, may also have violated 18 U.S.C. 205.
    (b) Appearance of governmental sanction. Except as otherwise provided in this part, an employee shall not use or permit the use of his Government position or title or any authority associated with his public office in a manner that could reasonably be construed to imply that his agency or the Government sanctions or endorses his personal activities or those of another. When teaching, speaking, or writing in a personal capacity, he may refer to his official title or position only as permitted by § 2635.807(b). He may sign a letter of recommendation using his official title only in response to a request for an employment recommendation or character reference based upon personal knowledge of the ability or character of an individual with whom he has dealt in the course of Federal employment or whom he is recommending for Federal employment.

    Example 1:
    An employee of the Department of the Treasury who is asked to provide a letter of recommendation for a former subordinate on his staff may provide the recommendation using official stationery and may sign the letter using his official title. If, however, the request is for the recommendation of a personal friend with whom he has not dealt in the Government, the employee should not use official stationery or sign the letter of recommendation using his official title, unless the recommendation is for Federal employment. In writing the letter of recommendation for his personal friend, it may be appropriate for the employee to refer to his official position in the body of the letter.
    (c) Endorsements. An employee shall not use or permit the use of his Government position or title or any authority associated with his public office to endorse any product, service or enterprise except:

    (1) In furtherance of statutory authority to promote products, services or enterprises; or

    (2) As a result of documentation of compliance with agency requirements or standards or as the result of recognition for achievement given under an agency program of recognition for accomplishment in support of the agency’s mission.

    Example 1:
    A Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission may not appear in a television commercial in which she endorses an electrical appliance produced by her former employer, stating that it has been found by the CPSC to be safe for residential use.
    Example 2:
    A Foreign Commercial Service officer from the Department of Commerce is asked by a United States telecommunications company to meet with representatives of the Government of Spain, which is in the process of procuring telecommunications services and equipment. The company is bidding against five European companies and the statutory mission of the Department of Commerce includes assisting the export activities of U.S. companies. As part of his official duties, the Foreign Commercial Service officer may meet with Spanish officials and explain the advantages of procurement from the United States company.
    Example 3:
    The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency may sign a letter to an oil company indicating that its refining operations are in compliance with Federal air quality standards even though he knows that the company has routinely displayed letters of this type in television commercials portraying it as a “trustee of the environment for future generations.”
    Example 4:
    An Assistant Attorney General may not use his official title or refer to his Government position in a book jacket endorsement of a novel about organized crime written by an author whose work he admires. Nor may he do so in a book review published in a newspaper.
    (d) Performance of official duties affecting a private interest. To ensure that the performance of his official duties does not give rise to an appearance of use of public office for private gain or of giving preferential treatment, an employee whose duties would affect the financial interests of a friend, relative or person with whom he is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity shall comply with any applicable requirements of § 2635.502.

    (e) Use of terms of address and ranks. Nothing in this section prohibits an employee who is ordinarily addressed using a general term of address, such as “The Honorable”, or a rank, such as a military or ambassadorial rank, from using that term of address or rank in connection with a personal activity.

  9. Under Kitka the AFN became an organization without a mission. The Native corporations which were formed under AFN to begin with have become capitalist power houses! Then without a mission AFN became tribal, thereby alienating the very groups that it created and supported. Now the largest of the corporations have left AFN–ASRC i.e. It was long past time for a new leader. What, oh what will AFN do now?

  10. I’ve worked with Julie; she is divisive and politically motivated. She’s not so much intelligent as she is conniving. At least, that’s been my experience. This won’t go well.

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