(January 19, 2018) –
The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska's (Tlingit & Haida) 83rd Annual Tribal Assembly will convene April 18-20, 2018 in Juneau, Alaska. The upcoming assembly was declared a Constitutional Convention by Delegates last year and will take up remaining proposed amendments to the Tribe’s governing documents that were not acted on last year due to time limitations.
As charged by the Tribal Assembly, a special Constitutional Committee was formed to review the 2017 proposed amendments to the Tribe’s Constitution, Standing Rules of Order, Rules of Election, and Statute Title One. The proposed amendments are intended to improve tribal governance and efficiency in assembly procedures. During the review of all proposed amendments, the committee also provided additional amendments that respond to necessary technical and grammatical corrections.
“I am thankful for the work of the Constitutional Committee,” said President Richard Peterson. “Our governance is vital to and the foundation upon which we protect and exercise our inherent sovereignty. Like any other foundational document, our governing documents should hold true to the Tribe’s founding principles while still having the fluidity to evolve and adapt to the needs and times of our citizens.”
Second Vice President (VP) Will Micklin is chair of the Constitutional Committee which delivered their proposed amendments to Delegates in written form on January 17th, 90 days prior to Tribal Assembly.
“Now that the committee has fully reviewed all proposed amendments from last year and has drafted their recommendations, we will focus our work on providing outreach to our citizens and their Delegates to explain the meaning, intent and affect of the proposed amendments in the days leading up to the 2018 Tribal Assembly,” said VP Micklin.
The special committee will hold a panel discussion the evening prior to the Tribal Assembly convening. All proposed amendments can be found on Tlingit & Haida’s
Constitutional Committee Members:
Will Micklin, Chair (San Francisco)
Tasha Hotch (Anchorage)
James Hart (Haines)
Ken Southerland (Juneau)
Henrich Kadake (Kake)
Marsha Ramirez (Ketchikan)
Yodean Armour (Klawock)
Tate London (Seattle)