Anchorage, Alaska - They say his remark implied that Alaska Natives missed a meeting because they were "out drinking beer." Now, Ron Somerville is apologizing.
Somerville is chairman of the state Board of Game. He made the remark at a subsistence meeting last month, which he says he made to "ease tension" after a third scheduled speaker didn't show up.
Somerville says he's sorry and is embarrassed by the remark.
The Alaska Federation of Natives wants an investigation.