United Tribal Transboundary Mining Work Group Hires First Coordinator
August 03, 2017
“We are extremely excited to announce our first ever hired staff person,” said UTTMWG Chairman, Frederick Olsen, Jr. “With Tis Peterman, we made the right choice due to her extensive background in working with Southeast Alaska’s Tribes. She has been involved with our organization since the beginning in 2014.”
“Tis has served as an Alternate Representative to our group from Wrangell,” said UTTMWG Vice Chair Carrie James and Vice President of Ketchikan Indian Community, “It will be great to continue to have her voice involved in our issue,”.
The UTTMWG Coordinator will provide staff support with the goal of connecting the Tribes of Southeast Alaska with the First Nations of British Columbia to protect our traditional and customary ways of life. It is a significant step in the growth of the organization which has previously depended on volunteers.
“Tlingit & Haida Central Council is proud to be a partner with UTTMWG and we are enthusiastic about the positive movement in the hire of Ms. Peterman.” Richard Peterson, CCTHITA President. Added CCTHITA 1st Vice President Rob Sanderson, Jr., also UTTMWG Treasurer, “Tis will put our money to good use and her knowledge will allow her to hit the ground running, so to speak.”
The United Tribal Transboundary Mining Work Group is comprised of sixteen Tribes of Southeast Alaska whose mission is to create a unified voice for Indigenous peoples across the international border who are facing impacts from development and industrialization rapidly occurring in the region.
Bev Sellars, Chief of the Xat'sull First Nation at Soda Creek, British Columbia said, “Our group, First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining, looks forward to working with the UTTMWG more in the coming year. Congratulations to the new Coordinator.”
Member Tribes include Metlakatla, Saxman, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Klawock, Kasaan, Hydaburg, Craig, Kake, Douglas, Haines, Sitka, Yakutat, Klukwan, and Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. “We have come a long way as an organization, ” added John Morris, Sr. of the Douglas Indian Association and UTTMWG Secretary. “Our Coordinator will help us to grow and keep looking out for our people.”
Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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