The Native Village of Barrow is the latest major Native entity to withdraw from the Alaska Federation of Natives.
In an announcement on Friday, the village council said it took a vote on Dec. 16, and the outcome was unanimous.
“Native Village of Barrow will be focusing efforts on local issues of cultural, traditional, social, environmental and economic importance to NVB and its membership,” the council said.
The decision comes after Arctic Slope Regional Corp. said it would leave AFN at the end of this year.
Doyon, another Native Corporation, is said to have also chosen to sever its membership, and Calista
and Koniag are is also leaning toward leaving, Must Read Alaska has learned.
The Native Village of Barrow is a separate entity from the City of Utqiaġvik, formerly known as the City of Barrow, which is the largest community on the North Slope.
The Native Village of Barrow is a federally recognized Alaska Native Inupiat “tribal entity.” Its president is Muriel Brower, and Arnold Brower Jr. is Vice President.