Native groups to meet in Petersburg

ANB Grand Camp scheduled for Oct.

PETERSBURG — The annual Grand Camp of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood will descend upon Petersburg in early October.

More than 300 Native leaders are expected for Grand Camp, which will run from Oct. 7-11, KFSK reported.

Organizers of the event have asked Petersburg’s borough government to donate space at the community gym for the Grand Camp for out-of-town delegates.

Petersburg assembly member John Hoag said he was torn on the issue of volunteering space for the event. Petersburg Parks and Recreation officials estimates the normal rental rate for the donated space would run less than $1,000.

Petersburg has not hosted a Grand Camp since 1971 when it was held in the Sons of Norway Hall.

In a list of questions to the borough assembly, Parks and Recreation Director Donnie Hayes brought up issues on the cost to the borough, the loss of other revenue and of setting a precedent.

“On the one hand the folks that have requested this have been a good neighbor and they provide a lot of worth to the community and we all benefit from it whether we are members of their organization or not,” said Hoag during the assembly meeting last Tuesday. “On the other hand Donnie has written a pretty good memo asking us if we’re gonna start making exceptions how and where are we going to be consistent.”

President of the ANB’s Camp 16, Ross Nannauck III, said various federal, state and regional officials will be attending. “It’s something we’ve been working towards for a long time. It takes a lot of work and a lot of effort to make this a successful event.”

The assembly asked Hayes to work with Nannauck on an acceptable fee. The assembly unanimously tabled the request for donated space, and it will be brought up at a later date.


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