Welcome to Orutsararmiut Native Council

The Orutsaramiut 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 from the Tribal Membership. After the annual elections 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 has 56 villages within the Association of Villages Presidents, Inc. the regional nonprofit organization for the region.

Bethel was established in 1884 by Moravian Church missionaries and soon became the center of their efforts. Our community is heavily influenced by the Yupik Eskimo Culture and relies heavily on the subsistence lifestyle. Each year salmon is stored for winter and numerous other subsistence activities continue throughout the year.

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

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