- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The latest on the longstanding tribal power dispute in the Alaska Native village of Newtok (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

A tribal official in one of Alaska’s most eroded communities says he’s not happy about a federal judge’s order that would allow Alaska State Troopers to evict former officials from their old office, but adds it was the only option left for the new leaders.

Tribal administrator Tom John in Newtok says he has hand-delivered Tuesday’s ruling to the three members of the ex-leaders named in court documents.

The ruling allows Alaska State Troopers to help recover records and equipment, as well as compel the former officials to relinquish the old tribal office in the Yup’ik Eskimo community.



Andy Patrick, a member of the old tribal council, says his group plans to get an attorney. He says he no further comment.

The dispute began in 2012 and has stalled millions in government funds for relocation efforts for Newtok.

It’s the latest legal defeat for the old council, which lost its official recognition as the governing body from the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs in 2013. The former officials appealed that decision, but the Interior Board of Indian Appeals upheld the bureau’s decision in August.

9:55 a.m.

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Alaska State Troopers may evict former tribal officials who lost a village power dispute months ago and have refused to leave the tribal office or relinquish records.

The new leadership faction in the Yup’ik Eskimo community of Newtok asked the court to enforce a November ruling ordering the former leaders to stop presenting themselves as the village’s governing body.

The dispute began in 2012 and has stalled millions in government funds for relocation efforts for Newtok, among Alaska’s most eroded communities.

A federal appeals panel also sided with the new tribal council in August. The Interior Board of Indian Appeals stepped in to review a 2013 ruling by the Bureau of Indian Affairs recognizing the new faction.

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