Representatives from four Alaska villages and the Justice Center met from October 31 through November 5 to continue work on the ANTARC project. ANTARC- the Alaska Native Technical Assistance and Resource Center-is being funded by a grant from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance to the Justice Center. The project focuses on doing workshops with village residents in community problem-solving techniques and providing guidance in obtaining access to outside resources and additional support. This was the second time the group met as a whole.
Vern White of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police guided participants in the application of CAPRA, a model for community problem solving used extensively by the RCMP in rural Canadian communities. Julie Roberts, Executive Director of the Tanana Tribal Council, provided training in response design and program development. Representatives from Kotlik, Wainwright, Gulkana, and Yakutat are participating in the project, which is in its first year. It is projected that ANTARC will grow to include additional villages in future years and the original group of participants will in turn train representatives from the new villages. A video on the project, "Building Partnerships: A Beginning," was produced by the Justice Center last spring.