2017 Annual Membership Meeting

Orutsararmiut Native Council’s Annual Meeting is scheduled for April 29, 2017 at the ONC Multipurpose Building. We encourage all tribal members to attend. Three (3) ONC Council seats E, F & G are up for election this year.

Any enrolled ONC Tribal Member age 18 or older is eligible to become a
candidate for office in the Orutsararmiut Native Council, those interested must meet the following requirements per Ordinance 96-1 (a):

1.) Has physically resided within the village for a period of one (1) year
immediately preceding the date of the election in which he/she seeks office, unless the
person’s absence is because of work, medical disability or military service not
exceeding ninety (90) days.

2.) Has not been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than (1) year, except State fishing and/or hunting convictions.

Candidates must file statements of their candidacy with the Tribal office no sooner than (March 1, 2017) (60) sixty days before the date of the election; and be
included by name on the official mail-in or absentee ballot, no later than March 21st, 2017. Candidates must declare which (3) three of the (7) seven Council seats E, F, and G they are running for, and may only run for 1 seat in any election. The Tribal office shall make public the list of candidates not less than 30 days preceding the date of the election.

New Executive Director Ron Hoffman

Ron Hoffman, ONC Tribal Member was hired November of last year as the new Executive Director of Orutsararmiut Native Council. Ron brings forth extensive experience in the housing industry also a vast amount of legislative experience both at the State and Federal level. He lived in rural Alaska all his life, and has worked on rural issues since 1977. He worked for the Regional Housing  Authority for over (30) thirty years. Ron looks   forward to the challenge and    working to improve the lives of tribal members and protecting tribal self governance.


ONC and City of Bethel Proclamation on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Orutsararmiut Native Council and the City of Bethel have committed to work together towards ending domestic violence and sexual assault. The problem is an epidemic in our region and our community. Working together with the City of Bethel, Orutsararmiut Native Council hopes to end this problem by prioritizing it and keeping it in the forefront of our work in our community. Following is the joint proclammation:

Proclamation by the Orutsararmiut Native Council and the City Council Together Working Towards an End to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in the Community

WHEREAS, the ONC and City Councils are committed to the well-being, protection and safety of our community, and to fostering a society based upon respect for one another, where violence has no role;

WHEREAS, domestic violence thrives when we are silent; but if we take a stand and work together, we can make a difference in an effort to end domestic violence;

WHEREAS, this involves collaborating with numerous private and public agencies to provide services and programs, convening elected leaders and community partners to work together to keep all adults, children and our elders safe from domestic violence and sexual assault, with a goal of creating safe, violence-free lives, and heal from the trauma of abuse or sexual assault;

WHEREAS, the efforts consist of helping victims and survivors gain safety, to hold offenders accountable, to build community support to end abuse and violence, and ensure that all citizens have access to critical services;

WHEREAS, according to the 2012 Alaska Victimization Survey, conducted by Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, 50.8% of adult women in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta experience sexual violence, intimate partner violence, or both, in their lifetime;

WHEREAS, this statistic only measures the number of victims, not the number of victimizations;

WHEREAS, it is estimated that anywhere between 3.3 million and 10 million children witness domestic violence annually and this exposure can have serious negative effects on a child’s development;

WHEREAS, according to a study by the Committee on National Statistics and Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education’s (established by Congress), between one and two million Americans age 65 or older have been injured, exploited, or otherwise mistreated by someone on whom they depended for protection;

WHEREAS, every human being has the right to be safe and free from violence, in their own homes, in their relationships, and in their community;

WHEREAS, the ONC and City Councils urge all citizens to speak out against domestic violence and to support local efforts to assist victims to find the help and healing they need;

NOW, THEREFORE, we the Orutsararmiut Native Council and the Bethel City Council join together in bringing to light the viciousness and lifelong devastation caused by domestic violence and in recognizing the committed and caring individuals who defend and support innocent victims and commit to working together to help end domestic violence in the community of Bethel.


Walter Jim, ONC Board Chair

Richard Robb, City of Bethel Mayor

2015 Orutsararmiut Native Council Annual Meeting, Constitutional Election and Use of Multi-Purpose Building

2014 greenup 0432015 Orutsararmiut Native Council Annual Meeting, Constitutional Election and Use of the Multi-Purpose Building.

On May 9, 2015, the Orutsararmiut Native Council shall hold their Annual Meeting at the Multipurpose Building located at 267 Akiak street beginning at 10:00 a.m. Tribal members will have opportunities to win door prizes! Notice to be mailed out the last week of march 2015.

Constitutional Election will be held during the Annual Meeting.

As of March 19, 2015, the Multi-Purpose Building opens for use. if you are interested in using the facility, please contact ONC offices at 543-2608 to inquire about availability, complete list of fees and terms and conditions for use.


Thursday – March 26, 2015
12pm at the Cultural Center

Brought to you by Tundra Women’s Coalition

Come join Alaskans across the state and show your support for ending violence by joining together and walking from the Cultural Center to Tundra Women’s Coalition. Following the walk there will be light lunch in honor of this event.

Questions? Call 543-3444

Inter-Agency Fish Meetings

Kuskokwim River Salmon Interagency Meeting
March 25,26,27, 2015
ONC Multipurpose Building

Agenda Details-
March 25 – Reports from Fish and Game, Fish and Wildlife and others.
March 26 – Roundtable discussion from usergroups looking for solutions.
March 27 – Regular Meeting of Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group

This is great opportunity for all users to come together and workout solutions. The season will be here soon and now is the time to get involved or just listen in to the workings of this important issue to all subsistence users.


Multi Purpose Center

There has been some misunderstanding about the use of the ONC Mult-Purpose Building by non Tribal Members. The ONC council has said this building can be used for functions by anyone that has interest in paying to use the building. If you have any interest in using this building you can contact ONC at 907.543.2608 and schedule an appointment.