Native brotherhood, sisterhood meet in Klawock

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.

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