Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson listens to the State of the State address in January 2015. On Tuesday, the former health commissioner described during a legislative hearing how tribal compacting has worked in the state. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

Alaska lawmakers learned more on Tuesday about how tribal compacting has worked in the state.

Alaska Native compacting experts talked at a legislative hearing in Anchorage about the benefits of compacting.

Compacts are agreements between different governments, like between the state or federal governments and tribal organizations, to provide services. Gov. Mike Dunleavy has said he wants to have compacts with tribes that cover public education, but his administration hasn’t spelled out the details.

Melanie Bahnke, president and CEO of Bering Strait regional tribal consortium Kawerak

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