Tribal delegates gather in Juneau

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ANB Grand Camp President Sasha Soboleff, left, and ANS Grand Camp President Cecilia Tavoliero leave the stage after addressing the 82nd Annual Tribal Assembly of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Chair Ella Bennett addresses the 82nd Annual Tribal Assembly of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska as Session Chair Marvin Adams listens at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Mayor Ken Koelsch leaves the stage after addressing the 82nd Annual Tribal Assembly of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Gov. Bill Walker addresses the 82nd Annual Tribal Assembly of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott addresses the 82nd Annual Tribal Assembly of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Tribal Hostess Ethel Lund presents President Richard Peterson with a picture of her and him taken nearly twenty years ago during the 82nd Annual Tribal Assembly of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Tribal Hostess Ethel Lund presents President Richard Peterson with a picture of her and him taken nearly twenty years ago during the 82nd Annual Tribal Assembly of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Lowell Halverson is introduced at Tribal Host by 4th Vice President Jaqueline Pata for the 82nd Annual Tribal Assembly of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Ethel Lund is escorted to the podium by Co-Sergeant at Arms Jason Wilson, left, and William Ware to be named Tribal Hostess at the 82nd Annual Tribal Assembly of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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The 82nd Annual Tribal Assembly of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska kicks off their three day conference at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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President Richard Peterson addresses the 82nd Annual Tribal Assembly of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Seattle delegates Joey and Cher Ketah watch the opening ceremonies at the 82nd Annual Tribal Assembly of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Hoonah pre-school Tlingit language teacher Heather Powell dances in at the start of the 82nd Annual Tribal Assembly of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Juneau delegate Ben Coronell, right, parades in with President Richard Peterson at the start of the 82nd Annual Tribal Assembly of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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The 82nd Annual Tribal Assembly of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska kicks off their three day conference at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Ed Kunz of the Southeast Alaska Native Veterans helps present the colors at the 82nd Annual Tribal Assembly of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Juneau delegate Jacqueline Pata dances in with Herb Sheakley, right, and others with the Has Du. Eeteex' X'aakeidix Haa Sitee Dance Group to open 82nd Annual Tribal Assembly of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Ethel Lund and Lowell Halverson were honored at Tribal Hostess and Host of the 82nd Annual Tribal Assembly of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

Description

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.”

Read the full story here: http://juneauempire.com/news/2017-04-19/tribal-assembly-begins-promotes-native-alaskan-unity

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