Alaska Inter-Tribal Council

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Mike Williams: Alaska Native governance and a healthy culture

Mike Williams is a well known indigenous leaders from being a Chairman and Vice-Chair of the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council as well as Chief of the Yupiit Nation.  Mike offers his impressions about a variety of topics related indigenous governance including leadership, traditional governance,…

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Theresa Arevgaq John: Alaska indigenous governance through traditions and cultural values

Theresa Arevgaq John is a well known Y’upik cultural advocate and Associate Professor in Indigenous Studies and the Department of Cross-Cultural Studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has intimate knowledge about cultural practices within Indigenous governance.  She advocates for balance…

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Wilson Justin: Leadership with cultural knowledge and perseverance

Wilson Justin is a cultural ambassador for Cheesh’na Tribal council and serves as a Vice Chair Board of Directors for Mt. Sanford Tribal Consortium.  He relays his expertise and perspective on the intricacies of Indigenous governance in Alaska through adapting cultural traditions, creating a…

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Richard Peterson: Leading in the Traditional Way Alaska Tribal Government Symposium

President, Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Richard (Chalyee Eesh) Peterson is Tlingit from Kaagwaantaan clan.  He gives his prespective on the ways tribal governement makes a presence in Alaska and the intergrating traditional knowledge and culture into tribal…

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Governance and Wellness Roundtable

This discussion emphasizes the  connections between Indigenous self-government and wellness.  Western methodologies are eager to emphasize the gaps in wellness (social, economic, and medical and mental health outcomes) between natives and non-natives.  These gaps have been a strong justification…

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Indigenous Leadership Panel

What is going on in Alaska that exemplifies the success of Indigenous leaders? What are some Alaska tribes’ successful efforts to strengthen their governments and governance? Panelists share stories of success at asserting self-determination, building native governing institutions, reflecting…

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Stephen Cornell, Introduction to Native Nation Building, Alaska Tribal Government Symposium

An overview about Native nation building and the ability for Native communities in Alaska to rebuild their Native nations. 

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Jack Trope, Making the Indian Child Welfare Act Work: The Importance of Tribal Sovereignty

The expertise and knowledge about dealing with Alaska and Federal government entities in matters of child welfare are detailed with focus on asserting tribal sovereignty.  

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Roundtable: Traditional and Modern Governance and Decision Making in Alaska

A panel discussion with Native leaders in Alaska about the significance of tradition and culture that has influenced their Indigenous governance.

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Great Tribal Leaders of Modern Times: Mike Williams

Produced by the Institute for Tribal Government at Portland State University in 2004, the landmark “Great Tribal Leaders of Modern Times” interview series presents the oral histories of contemporary leaders who have played instrumental roles in Native nations' struggles for sovereignty, self-…