JUNEAU, AK (January 29, 2022) – The Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Tlingit & Haida) has announced the 87th Annual Tribal Assembly will be held virtually this year due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
At a special meeting held on January 28, 2022, the decision to move the Tribal Assembly to a virtual format was made by the Executive Council under their constitutional authority. The meeting included a full discussion that considered a range of scenarios and mitigation strategies for Tribal Assembly which was presented by Public Safety Director and Tribal Emergency Operations Center (TEOC) Incident Commander Jason Wilson.
“Although we maintained hope Tribal Assembly could be held in-person, COVID-19 cases are still on the rise from the Omicron variant,” shared President Richard Chalyee Éesh Peterson. “In everything we do, we must keep the health and well-being of our Delegates, staff and communities at the forefront. I commend our Executive Council for their continued leadership.”
Alaska currently has the highest rate of new COVID-19 cases in the nation. In January alone there were more than 52,000 people who tested positive in Alaska.
The 87th Annual Tribal Assembly will convene on April 20, 2022 as previously scheduled. The meeting will take place over three days with committee meetings to be held prior to Tribal Assembly. For more information on the upcoming Tribal Assembly, please visit www.ccthita-nsn.gov.
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