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Orutsararmiut Traditional Native Council


The mission of Orutsararmiut Traditional Native Council is to promote the general welfare, enhance independence, encourage self-sufficiency/self-motivation, enhance quality of life, and preserve cultural and traditional values of the Tribe, and to exercise tribal authority over resources through educational, economic, and social development opportunities.


The Orutsararmiut Native Council is a Federally recognized governing body for the community of Bethel, Alaska. This recognition is per Federal Register/Vol.6, No. 49/Monday, March 13, 2000/Notices for the community of Bethel.

Bethel is located along the lower end of the Kuskokwim River and is approximately 90 miles inland from the Bering Sea and approximately 398 miles west of Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska.

Orutsararmiut Native Council is governed by council of a Traditional Chief, Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary andĀ four Council Members. These officers are elected by the Tribal Members during the annual election. After the annual election, seats are organized by the currently elected members of the council.

Bethel is located along the Kuskokwim River and is approximately 86 miles from the mouth of the river. The community is a regional hub, and there are 56 surrounding tribes in the Southwest region that is largely represented by the Association of Village Council Presidents organization for services.

Orutsararmiut Traditional Native Council provides many services including government, housing, energy, education, tribal courts and social service assistance.

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