Native American Heritage Month Ken Truitt

Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Age: 44.

Residency: Juneau.

Tribe, moiety, clan: Tlingit, Raven, Coho

Positions: SEARHC general counsel, Sealaska Corp. shareholder, Shee Atika Inc. shareholder.

Hobbies: Building furniture, music (proud member of the Juneau Community Band).

Quote: "Being Alaska Native to me means ... being proud of my parents and being proud to be their son. It also means knowing that I am a descendant of a people that was wrongfully dispossessed of their land and livelihood and knowing that I must make my way in this life alongside the descendants of those who did the dispossessing. It also means knowing that anger and bitterness are not the tools that will help me in my way, but rather education, hard work, peace, hope, charity and love."

The Juneau Empire will profile a different member of Juneau's Alaska Native community each day during November. To be profiled, e-mail Please include a name and phone number.

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