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KIC President Elected To Leadership Position


January 03, 2004
Saturday - 12:15 am


Stephanie Rainwater-Sande
File photo by Gigi Pilcher
Ketchikan Indian Community announced that the President of the KIC IRA Council Stephanie Rainwater-Sande has been elected by Southeast Alaska Tribal Leaders at the SE Alaska Tribal Leaders Summit recently held in Ketchikan to represent them on the Alaska Federation of Native's proposed new commission. Rainwater-Sande said, "I view my election to this important position as an honor, and will work diligently to preserve the rights of all of our tribal citizens to receive the funding and quality service delivery that we all deserve."

At the Alaska Federation of Natives 2003 Annual Convention held in Anchorage during October 2003, Resolution 03-01 was adopted by a vote of delegates from every region of Alaska. In part, this document resolves that "...the AFN supports the formation of a Federal, State, and Native Commission on on Fiscal and Governmental Relations composed of representatives of federal and state governments, Alaska's federally recognized tribes, tribal consortiums, non-profit Native organizations, ANCSA corporations and other Alaska Native institutions..."

During the recent Southeast Alaska Tribal Leaders Summit held in Ketchikan, considerable effort was devoted to the selection of a candidate to represent Southeast Alaska in the "Tribal" representative category of this proposed Commission. A formalized election process was adopted by the assembled group of tribal leaders while they were in Ketchikan, and three nominations were made by the group. The winner of the election was Stephanie Rainwater-Sande, who is the President of Ketchikan Indian Community IRA Council. An alternate for Sande in this capacity was also selected in the event that any other obligations prevented carrying out the duties of this position. The alternate is Edward K. Thomas, President of the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.



Related story:

KIC Hosts SE Tribal Leaders Summit...
Tuesday - December 23, 2003


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Ketchikan Indian Community
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