Brotherhood, Sisterhood honor Soboleff, elect officers at convention

Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp honored Walter Soboleff for his decades of service and elected new officers at its 96th annual convention, held Oct. 7-11 in Ketchikan.

The convention was hosted by the Ketchikan Camp 14 and Saxman Camp 15 of the ANB/ANS. The theme was, "Honoring Dr. Walter Soboleff," a Tlingit leader who will celebration his 100th birthday in November. Thirty-one local camps with 93 voting delegates from Seattle to Anchorage attended this year's convention.

The following officers were elected to serve the 2008-09 term.

For the Alaska Native Brotherhood, Bradley Fluetsch, of Juneau, as ANB grand president; Andy Ebona, of Juneau, as ANB grand first vice president; Willard Jackson, of Ketchikan, as ANB grand second vice president; Jeff Jackson, of Kake, as ANB grand secretary; Alfred McKinley Sr., of Juneau, as ANB grand treasurer; and William Bird, of Ketchikan, as ANB grand sergeant at arms.

For the Alaska Native Sisterhood, Johanna Dybdahl, of Hoonah, as ANS grand president; Libby Watanabe, of Sitka, as ANS grand first vice president; Mycline Kunz MaGhee, of Juneau, as ANS grand second vice president; Lovey Brock, of Wrangell, as ANS grand secretary; Marietta Hopkins, of Juneau, as ANS grand treasurer; and Sarah Lampe, of Juneau, as ANS grand sergeant at arms;

The Brothers and Sisters of Glacier Valley Camp 70 in Juneau were chosen to host the convention next year.

Alaska Native Brotherhood Grand Camp priorities are to 1) successfully implement the resolutions passed by the 96th convention, 2) improve communications internally and externally, 3) increase membership in local camps, 4) promote unity and a sense of cooperation between Native entities, 5) improve educational outcomes for Native students and 6) improve economic conditions in Southeast Alaska.

The keynote address was given by Edward Thomas, president emeritus of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indians of Alaska. Other speakers of note were Sen. Albert Kookesh, Clarence Jackson, Sealaska Corp., John Sandor, Masons, Denny Bschor, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Senate candidate Mayor Mark Begich, Rep. Bill Thomas, and candidate Tim June.

The newly elected chairwoman of Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, Victoria Demmert, along with her staff Mark Gorman and Ken Truitt, addressed the convention. Central Council President William Martin attended on Oct. 14. Central Council First Vice President Richard Peterson, Third Vice Jacob Cabaug and Sixth Vice Barbara Fields were also present.

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