Judith Ann George Duksa.aat' Tlaa


Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Juneau resident Judith Ann George died Aug. 28, 2005, at her residence with her husband Cyril, family members, and friends by her side.

She was born Dec. 14, 1934, in Juneau to the late Judson Brown and Lena (Fournie) Brown. Her paternal grandparents were James Wheeler Brown and Mary (Spurgeon) Brown. She had five sisters, Mary Lekanof, Dorothy Beasley, Geraldine Williams, Vivian Kokotovich and Minnie Dundas, and one brother, Michael Brown.

Judy was Yéil (Raven) moiety and a member of the L'uknax.di (Coho) clan, D'aklaweid yadix, Kaagwaantaan dachxan, and Lukaax.di dachxan. Judy's clan originated from Dry Bay of the Daginaa Ht tribal clan house. Judy's Lingt name was Duksa.aat' Tlaa, and it is from the L'uknax.di clan and refers to her ancestral homeland.

After her parents' divorce, Judy and her sisters lived at the Bethel Beach Home in Juneau. They traveled across the Gulf of Alaska to reach the Eklutna Boarding School in Seward. They were transferred to the Mt. Edgecumbe Boarding School.

Judy graduated in 1953 from Mt. Edgecumbe High School. She attended college in California. Upon her return to Alaska, she worked with the State of Alaska at the Department of Health as the commissioner's secretary. She moved to the Department of Education in the same capacity.

Judy met Cyril George in 1968 and married two years later. He brought six children to the union. The children are Richard, Jeff, Byron, Joe, Cyril Jr., (deceased) and Roberta "Sister Girl" (Hunter). There are 30 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren.

Cyril served as mayor of Angoon, while Judy was city planner and grant writer. Their successful projects included the one million dollar dock and warehouse project in Killisnoo and the set up of the first city of Angoon office.

She also worked for Sealaska Corporation by providing enumeration of Southeast community members which would be submitted to the BIA, formulating the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA).

She was bestowed a second Lingt name by Eddie Jack, Teikweid clan chief of Angoon. She was adopted at a ceremonial koo.éxe and received the name Xin X'eex'. The meaning of this name describes when a bear comes out of its winter hibernation and leaves tracks in the fresh snow. This name was chosen because, as Eddie Jack stated, "Judy left her foot prints in Angoon."

In Juneau, she began an eighteen year career with Central Council/Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska as the assistant to the president. She worked for president's Ray Paddock Jr., and Andrew "John" Hope Jr., and current president Edward Thomas.

She retired from CCTHITA in 1998. She was elected the tribal President of the Tlingit and Haida Indians of the city of Juneau. Successes included sponsoring youth culture camps, becoming an active participant of the AFN Wellness program and the annual Christmas party.

The community, regional and state-wide organizations that she was affiliated with are: Alaska Native Sisterhood, Camp #2/Juneau, Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp #2/Juneau, Alaska Native Education Board, Alaska Unorganized Borough School District, Anchorage Human Rights Commission, Gastineau Channel Senior Services, Gastineau Manor, Juneau Lions Club, SPARC, Statewide Title I ESEA Board, The Salvation Army, Central Council/Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (2000 Delegate of the Year) and the Tlingit & Haida Community Council.

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