ANB/ANS Grand Camp to convene
JUNEAU - The first session of the Alaska Native Brotherhood/Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp Convention will start at 9 a.m. Monday at Juneau's ANB/ANS Hall with the Posting of the Colors ceremony. The convention will run through Nov. 4.
This year's convention has as its theme "Caring for our Elders," said Andy Ebona, president of ANB Camp No. 2. "We want to be able to use the available resources to care for our elders."
Representatives from the Southeast Regional Health Consortium will address the convention, along with state legislators and spokesmen for federal agencies.
State Sen. Al Adams will deliver the keynote address at 10 a.m. on Monday.
"State and federal agencies resources have dwindled over the last several years," Ebona said. "But the Native community has always been at the forefront of taking responsibility for elders."
Featured speakers at the convention include Alaska Federation of Natives President Julie Kitka, Alaska Division of Senior Services coordinator Kay Branch, and U.S. Forest Service Federal Subsistence Board member James Caplan.
The convention is expected to draw 125 delegates, including Grand Camp officers and executive committee members representing about 18 Southeast communities, along with camps in Anchorage and Seattle, Ebona said.
Evening sessions include a welcome dinner at ANB Hall on Monday, a memorial service at Northern Light United Church on Tuesday, a traditional dance and food sale on Wednesday, a dinner sponsored by the Tlingit and Haida Indians of the City and Borough of Juneau on Thursday, and a dinner sponsored by Sealaska Corp. on Friday.
Clinton expected to sign bill for Kake dam
JUNEAU - Federal funding to replace the broken dam in Kake is expected to receive President Clinton's signature soon.
Congress included $7 million to replace the dam in a new bill appropriating money for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development and other agencies. That bill passed out of Congress this week and Clinton is expected to sign it.
The 50-year-old wooden dam was punctured by a tree during a July flood, leaving the town of 800 people without water for several days. The town is using pumps and pipes to draw water from Gunnuck Creek.
Fishing continues to top job-related deaths
UNALASKA - Commercial fishing again led the list of workers killed on the job last year in Alaska, the state Division of Public Health says. Commercial fishermen accounted for 40 percent of the 42 job-related deaths last year.
Alaska's annual job fatality rate has declined significantly from 29.5 per 100,000 workers in 1990 to 13.4 in 1999, but still was triple the national rate of 4.4 deaths per 100,000.
Aircraft fatalities followed fishing, with nine deaths. Four workers died from struck-by accidents, including two timber cutters. Two workers were murdered on the job: a law enforcement officer and a restaurant manager. Four workers died of motor vehicle injuries. Two were crushed and two were electrocuted, state officials said.