Providing current news on Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska's
government, administrative, and program activities.
- January 2018 -
News in this Edition...

  • 2018 Delegate Elections Notice
  • Constitutional Committee Releases Proposed Amendments to Tribe's Governing Documents
  • Tribal Assembly Update
  • Amber Frommherz Promoted to Head Start Director
  • Second Spring King Salmon Derby Cancelled Due to Sport Fishery Closure
  • Tribal/First Nations Climate Change Summit
  • Native Issues Forum
  • Government to Government Relationships Workshop
2018 Delegate Elections Notice
Tlingit & Haida’s 2018 Delegate Elections are underway! The accounting firm Elgee Rehfeld Mertz, LLC will be retained for ballot processing and counting. The voting period for the Delegate Elections is February 18 - March 15 with absentee/electronic ballot information mailed by February 18th. All candidate lists will be posted on Tlingit & Haida’s website on February 12th following the close of all community nominations.

In order to vote in the Delegate Elections, individuals must be enrolled with Tlingit & Haida, on the official voting list for the community they reside in, and eighteen (18) years of age or older by March 15, 2018.

If your name is not on the Official Voting List for your community, please update your enrollment contact information online
Constitutional Committee Releases Proposed Amendments to Tribe's Governing Documents
Tlingit & Haida's 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.

“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.
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 website at  

Click here to read the full press release.
Tribal Assembly Update
Open Nominations for Tribal Assembly Host & Hostess
 Do you know a Tlingit or Haida Elder who is 70 years or older and deserves recognition for their contributions to our people and culture? Each year the Executive Council selects a Tribal Host and Hostess to be honored as guests at Tlingit & Haida’s Tribal Assembly. 
Nominations must include the following information:
  • Biography
  • Tribe/Clan/Moiety
  • Accomplishments and Highlights
  • Contact Information for Nominee (Mailing Address, Phone, & Email Address)

Deadline to Submit: February 16, 2018

If you would like to nominate an elder, submit your nomination by close of business on February 16, 2018 to .
Submit a Theme for Tribal Assembly
Tlingit & Haida is searching for a theme for its upcoming 83rd Annual Tribal Assembly. Consider submitting a theme for a chance to win $250! The Executive Council will review all entries and select the winning theme. Past themes have reflected on sovereignty, our way of life, honoring our elders and children, empowering our youth, advancement, and collaboration.

Deadline to Submit: February 16, 2018

If you have a suggested theme, submit via email to .  
Application Period Open for Emerging Leader
Tlingit & Haida is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Emerging Leader position. The Emerging Leader position on the Executive Council was established in 1999 to provide young tribal adults between the age of 18 to 26 with opportunities to acquire important knowledge about Tlingit & Haida, its governing and organizational structure, and valuable hands-on leadership experience.
Elections for Tlingit & Haida's Emerging Leader occur annually during Tribal Assembly. To qualify, an applicant must: 
  • Be Tribally Enrolled with Tlingit & Haida
  • Be 18 to 26 Years of Age
  • Submit a Completed Application

Deadline to Submit: April 13, 2018

Submit application, supporting documents, and any letters of recommendation via email to
Amber Frommherz Promoted to Head Start Director
Tlingit & Haida is pleased to announce Amber Frommherz has been promoted to Head Start Director.
Amber first joined Tlingit & Haida in 2014 as a co-Lead Teacher for Head Start, which is a free federal program that provides comprehensive early childhood education to eligible children ages 3-5 and their families. As the Head Start Director, Amber’s main duties are to ensure the program meets all performance standards, review and improve service delivery in partnership with Head Start’s Parent Policy Council, complete all grant reporting requirements, and oversee the supervision of all Head Start employees.

Amber holds a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies–North American Indigenous Studies and a Master’s degree in Educational Studies from Tufts University. She is also a Veteran and served six years in the United States Navy stationed on the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) with Commander Amphibious Group Three and Navy Recruiting Command–Phoenix. 

Amber is originally from Page, Arizona and is Diné (Navajo). She is of the Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House People), born for Tł’ízí Łání (Many Goats) clan. Her maternal grandpa is of the Tł’ááshchí’í (Red Bottom People) and her paternal grandpa is of the Táchii’nii (Red-Running-Into-The-Water) clan. Amber is married to Trevor Frommherz, mother to three daughters (Kira, Nanibaa’, and Shandiin), a student, and an amateur runner. Tlingit &

To read the full press release, click here.
Second Spring King Salmon Derby Cancelled Due to Sport Fishery Closure
Tlingit & Haida's Annual Spring King Salmon Derby has been cancelled for the second consecutive year as Southeast Alaska’s king salmon stocks continue to struggle. The derby closure notice follows the Board of Fisheries announcement of an “action plan” that will close the Juneau area from spring king salmon sport fishing from April 15-June 14.

“Although the Spring King Salmon Derby has been a great community event in Juneau and a source of funds for our Alumni Scholarship program, we cannot overlook that our king salmon are in trouble,” said President Richard Peterson. “Cancelling the derby to reduce interception is necessary and we are in full support of all efforts to help our struggling king salmon make their way back to their spawning grounds.”

Tlingit & Haida has coordinated the Annual Spring King Salmon Derby for the last two decades which has helped raise nearly $500,000 in Alumni scholarships. A salmon-themed, fun run walk event is being planned for late spring to early summer in Juneau in place of the derby to continue to raise funds for the Alumni scholarship program. More details will be announced once plans have been solidified.

Click here to read the full press release.

If you would like to make a donation to Tlingit & Haida’s Alumni Scholarship program, use the links below to PayPal or Square. Donations can also be mailed to 3239 Hospital Drive, Juneau, Alaska 99801. 

Make a Donation to the Alumni Scholarship:
Tribal/First Nations Climate Change Summit
Tlingit & Haida’s Natural Resource Specialist Kenneth Weitzel co-moderated and was a plenary presenter at the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians’ (ATNI) Tribal/First Nations Climate Summit held December 13-14, 2017 at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Marysville, WA.

During the “Plans and Actions to Support Resiliency” portion of the summit, Kenneth gave a presentation on his work creating a “Tlingit & Haida Template for Climate Change Adaptation Planning in Southeast Alaska.” This presentation focused on the creation of a Climate Change Adaptation Plan template to be used by Southeast Alaska tribes and the unique climate change and geomorphology aspects found in Southeast Alaska.

Being able to share some of his work that has been accomplished on climate change and having the opportunity to learn about the work of so many others has helped make the job of creating a climate change adaptation plan template closer to a reality. “It was incredibly inspiring to hear of all of the other work being conducted by so many environmental professionals and climate change warriors,” reported Kenneth.

For more info on Tlingit & Haida's Climate Adaptation Plan template, please contact Kenneth Weitzel at 907.463.7189 or
Native Issues Forums
Dates:  February 1, 2018
Time:  Noon – 1:00 PM (Doors Open at 11:30 AM)
Location:  Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall (320 W. Willoughby Ave. - Juneau, AK)

Join us for our next Native Issues Forum which will discuss compacting child welfare services with the following guest speakers: 
• Valerie Davidson, DHSS Commissioner
• Tracy Spartz Campbell, OCS Deputy Director
• Francine Eddy Jones, T&H Tribal Family & Youth Services Director
• Madeline Soboleff Levy, T&H General Counsel

For more info on the Native Issues Forums, email Heather Gatti at or call 907.463.7103.
Government to Government Relationships Workshop
Dates: February 8-9, 2018
Time: TBD
Location: Vocational Training & Resource Center (3239 Hospital Drive - Juneau, AK)
Registration: $500

Do you want to learn strategies on how to craft your tribe or tribal organization's message so that it has maximum impact on policy makers and prepare a targeted advocacy plan that can address government issues?

Don't miss this great training opportunity to learn strategies from consultants Raina Thiele and Kristi Williams.

To register, email Heather Gatti at or call 907.463.7103.
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