New president picked for southwest village organization

Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2000

BETHEL (AP) -- The Association of Village Council Presidents has picked a new leader to replace long-time president Myron Naneng.

Arthur Lake, tribal administrator in the village of Kwigillingok, unseated Naneng at the group's annual convention Wednesday in Alakanuk. Naneng has been president of the association for the past ten years.

Lake garnered 36 of the votes cast by the 49 village delegates at the convention. Naneng got nine votes.

To assume his duties, Lake will have to move to Bethel, where the AVCP has its offices.

Lake says he wants to focus on strengthening communications between the association and the tribes, and to improve the relationship with the federal government.

AVCP, one of the state's 12 regional Native non-profit organizations, represents 56 Native villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

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