Tribal delegates gather in Juneau
The 82nd annual Tribal Assembly began Wednesday with the beat of a drum and a few tears.
The Assembly brings together more than 100 Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Central Council delegates — spread throughout Alaska, Washington and California — to discuss relevant issues and pass resolutions to address those challenges. Led by President Richard Peterson, the Council will examine its constitution and elect new delegates and Tribal Court members.
Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, who was born in Yakutat and is Tlingit, emphasized during a speech Wednesday that the tribes of Alaska need to work together as the state moves toward an uncertain future.
“The ultimate responsibility is with tribes themselves,” Mallott said. “The effort that President Peterson has embarked upon to bring tribes together across the state to represent their interest is critical to our future.”
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