BETHEL (AP) -- The Association of Village Council Presidents chose a former leader, Myron Naneng, as its new president in an election at the group's annual convention last week.
Members of the Bethel-based nonprofit Native corporation, which serves the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta, elected Naneng in a 25-21 vote over the group's vice president and acting president, Allen Joseph.
Naneng served as AVCP president from 1990 to 2000, when he lost an election to Arthur Lake. Lake was asked by the group's executive council to step down in August for undisclosed reasons.
As part of his campaign for office, Naneng pledged to resign from the board of directors of Calista, the regional Native corporation sometimes seen as a rival of the village-based tribal association.
''Ultimately, I think what this region needs is for the two to work together. Right now there's too much division,'' Naneng said in an interview after his election.
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