“I just really want to say thanks to the community because we’ve had no shortage of people wanting to provide vehicles, lodging, food supplies,” one evacuee said.
President Chalyee Éesh Richard Peterson says it’s part of an effort to establish a presence in all of the tribe’s communities.
At Monday’s event, national church leaders gave $100,000 to Sealaska Heritage Institute to support language revitalization efforts.
Friday’s forum came the day after ballots were mailed to registered voters.
The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska and Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska will receive money for the repatriation of remains and significant objects.
With the court’s decision to back the right of tribes to oversee child custody cases came a collective sigh of relief among Alaska Native leaders.
The departures have raised questions about how AFN has handled internal disputes and the health of the organization, which was formed in 1966 to fight for Native land rights.
Tlingit and Haida is Alaska’s largest federally recognized tribe. Its executive council voted to withdraw from AFN at a meeting on May 1.
The Tribe announced plans this week to hold bingo every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday starting May 9. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and games will run from 7 to 10 p.m. They’ll also sell pulltabs.
The West Willoughby Ave. property includes the Driftwood Lodge, the Sandpiper Cafe building and the parking lot in between.