The Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood are celebrating a big anniversary.
Officers and delegates at the 99th annual Grand Camp Convention are meeting this week in Klawock, on Prince of Wales Island. The meeting has the theme, “Reviewing 100 Years of History – Preparing for the Next.”
The Brotherhood was organized in 1912 and calls itself “the United States’ oldest indigenous persons’ civil-rights organization.” The Sisterhood formed several years later.
The meeting, at Klawock High School, began Tuesday and continues through Saturday.
Beyond history, members are discussing the landless Natives issue, tobacco cessation programs and suicide prevention.
They will also hear reports from Sealaska, the Veterans Administration, the Sitka Local Foods Network, the Southern Southeast Alaska Technical Education Center and other groups.
The ANB and ANS will also elect officers and pass resolutions guiding the organization’s direction for the next year.
- A federal agency wants to create a committee to bridge the gap between federal housing programs and Native communities.
- If the Two Spirit Pride reception affirmed safety and acceptance, Orlando violently asserted an opposite claim: that being gay in America is still dangerous.
- More money earned could mean less money overall when public assistance programs get cut off.
- A Skagway business owner and her employee are scheduled to go to trial for allegedly misrepresenting Alaska Native-produced goods. In the spring, both pleaded not guilty to the federal misdemeanor charges against them.