First Alaskans Institute slates statehood forum

Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2009

JUNEAU - First Alaskans Institute and the Alaska Native Policy Center will hold a discussion about the effects of statehood on Alaska Natives in the series "Looking Back, Moving Forward: Alaska Native Perspectives on 50 Years of Statehood." The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska will host the forum during the council's 74th annual General Assembly from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Three presenters will head up the discussion. Byron I. Mallott, a Senior Fellow for the Policy Center, will offer his perspective as an Tlingit Alaska Native; Vic Fischer, professor emeritus for the Institute for Social and Economic Research, will offer his perspective as a Constitutional Delegate; and Liz Cheney, a vice president at First Alaskans and the director of the Policy Center, will provide her perspective as a young Alaska Native. Janie Leask, president and CEO of First Alaskans, will facilitate the discussions.

Thursday's discussion will be broadcast online at www.firstalaskans.org. Web cast viewers can send in questions for the panelists by calling (907) 677-1700 or posting online during the event.



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