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Tlingit & Haida eNews 09.27.20
News in this Edition...
  • Tlingit & Haida to Hold Virtual 85th Annual Tribal Assembly
  • Southeast Alaska Indigenous Language Assessment Survey
  • 2020 Census - Be Counted!
  • Indigenous Peoples' Day Virtual Celebration
Tlingit & Haida to Hold Virtual 85th Annual Tribal Assembly
Over 100 Delegates from Southeast Alaska, Anchorage, Washington, California and beyond will gather virtually via Zoom on October 1, 2020 to legislate for and govern, conduct and manage the affairs and property of the Tribe at the 85th Annual Tribal Assembly. Delegates serve a two-year term and are representatives of their community and the governing body of Tlingit & Haida while Tribal Assembly is in session.
As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and to protect the health and safety of Delegates, tribal citizens, staff and communities, Tlingit & Haida’s Executive Council, under its constitutional authority, voted in March 2020 to postpone the 85th Annual Tribal Assembly which was scheduled to take place April 22-24, 2020 in Juneau, Alaska. The decision of the Executive Council was adopted through resolution EC 20-11, entitled “Postponement of 85th Annual Tribal Assembly.”

To prepare for the upcoming Tribal Assembly, swearing-in ceremonies with Delegates were conducted virtually and a Robert's Rules of Order training will be held on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

The Tribal Assembly will be called to order at 8:00 AM on October 1, 2020 and livestreamed on Tlingit & Haida’s Facebook page. Delegates will hear reports covering the administrative, governmental and business activities of the Tribe and participate in the election of Tlingit & Haida's President, Vice Presidents, Chief Justice, Associate Justice, Delegate/Citizen of the Year, and Emerging Leader. For more information on the upcoming Tribal Assembly, click here.
Tribal Assembly Highlights:
Theme: "Our People, Our Land, Our Purpose"
Tribal Host: William E. Martin
Tribal Hostess: Corrine M. Garza
Keynote Address: Fawn Sharp, National Congress of American Indians President
Southeast Alaska Indigenous Language Assessment Survey
Tlingit & Haida's Cultural Heritage & Education department is conducting a survey to identify interest in and capacity for Southeast Alaska Indigenous language revitalization efforts. The responses received will be used to inform department planning efforts and develop future opportunities and funding requests. Tlingit & Haida is committed to providing cultural education opportunities to tribal citizens and welcomes your feedback.

Take the Survey: Click Here

For more information, please contact Cultural Program Coordinator Miriah Twitchell at or 907.463.7129.
2020 Census - Be Counted!
A federal judge recently ruled that the 2020 Census will continue through October 31, 2020. In the time that remains, it is critical that we are all counted in the 2020 Census which determines funding levels for our communities’ schools, public safety, hospitals and housing. Our villages, communities, region and state are counting on you!

Take the 2020 Census Survey: Click Here

To encourage Alaska Natives to complete the 2020 Census, the First Alaskans Institute has created a weekly drawing with some great prizes. If you have completed the Census, enter the drawing by going to the SurveyMonkey link on the slide.

Enter the Drawing: Click Here

Indigenous Peoples' Day Virtual Celebration
Date: October 12, 2020
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Facebook Live
Join us on Tlingit & Haida’s Facebook page for an uplifting virtual celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day! The Facebook Live event will be held October 12, 2020 and will include songs and language lessons in Lingít, Xaad Kíl, and Sm'algya̱x
 Our Mission
“Preserve our sovereignty, enhance our economic and cultural resources, and promote
self-sufficiency and self-governance for our citizens.”