'I'm going to do my best to actually improve the situation' U.S. Attorney General visits Galena

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Attorney General William Barr is currently in Alaska, learning more about the state's problems when it comes to challenges facing public safety.

Attorney General William Barr in Galena, Alaska (Courtesy Paul Apfelbeck)

On Wednesday, he participated in an Alaska Native Tribal Justice roundtable discussion at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in Anchorage.

[Watch the full roundtable discussion here]

Representatives of Alaska Native village corporations, public safety organizations, tribes and rural Alaska communities gathered in a conference room to present their concerns to Barr.

Some main concerns attendees talked about was a lack of Village Public Safety Officers in many rural areas.

On Thursday, the Attorney General was in Galena for the second day of his four-day trip, meeting with the Louden Tribal Council.

In his remarks there, Barr said he was doing his best to work through the system and he vowed his office will help with the problems of sexual violence, abuse, and lack of law enforcement in Alaska.

"All I can say is that I'm not a politician. I'm not here scurrying from flower to flower making promises. If I take on a problem I'm going to do my best to actually improve the situation," Barr said, " I'm here trying to learn more about it because I think back in Washington people are talking and they really can't visualize the situation. You have to be able to hear it and see from the people."

On Friday, the Attorney General will visit Bethel for the third day of his journey.

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