(September 16, 2019) –
Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Tlingit & Haida) recently received a book collection from distinguished Tlingit educator Dennis Demmert. Over 300 books from Professor Demmert’s personal collection were donated in support of the Tribe’s effort to establish a library. His book collection was built over the course of his life and represents his interests and areas of scholarly study. The collection is a variety of both educational publications, curriculum materials on topics such as tribal management, historical books on Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures and contemporary publications relating to socio-cultural issues.
“Professor Demmert’s life has been dedicated to improving the education, employment, and wellbeing of all Native people,” shared Tlingit & Haida President Richard (Chalyee Éesh) Peterson. “This invaluable donation represents the dedication he continues to have for our people and it couldn’t have come at a more pivotal moment. Our Cultural Heritage & Education department has been working very hard to reestablish a library and build a solid foundation of resources that supports the Tribe’s vision to create a tribal college.”