JUNEAU - Floyd Kookesh was recently named Subsistence and Sustainable Development coordinator of the Central Council on Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Alaska's largest tribe representing more than 26,000 active tribal citizens nationwide.
"Subsistence rights continue to be threatened In Alaska, with dual management between State and Federal jurisdictions, regulations continue to be made that affect us daily," Kookesh said. "I plan to focus on expanding the subsistence program and strengthening our rights under Central Council. Now that the Federal Review is beginning its next phase, it's important that we be at the table to ensure our needs and rights are protected."
Kookesh, a tribal member and lifelong Alaska resident, has raised his family living a subsistence lifestyle in Angoon. He was appointed Tuesday following the resignation of Carrie Sykes, who held the position since 2007.
"Subsistence rights is an ongoing issue for the Tribe and a top priority of my administration," said Central Council President Bill Martin. "I am confident in Kookesh's abilities. His knowledge and experience in the subsistence arena will serve well in advocating important issues for the Tribe."
Kookesh, a self-employed charter boat operator, has served on the Southeast Regional Advisory Council on Subsistence since 1999. He takes pride in the fact that public service for the betterment of all is a value he holds as honorable and worthy of sacrifice. His past public service experience includes serving as Mayor of Angoon, Advisory School Board member and chairman of the Angoon Indian Education Program.
Kookesh began his position Wednesday. His office is located at 9097 Glacier Highway.