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KIC Represents Alaska Tribes On
DOI Self-Governance Advisory Committee


October 10, 2003
Friday - 12:45 am

Ketchikan, AK - Ketchikan Indian Community announced Thursday that its Tribal Council President Stephanie Rainwater-Sande was elected by Alaskan tribal representatives to serve

Stephanie Rainwater-Sande

Tribal Council President Stephanie Rainwater-Sande
file photo by Gigi Pilcher
on the Department of Interior (DOI) Self-Governance Advisory Committee as the Juneau area alternate on this committee.

Rainwater-Sande said, "I intend to make sure Alaska's voice is heard on this Committee and in Washington DC!" Rainwater-Sande wants all of Alaska's natives to get in touch with her about their Self-Governance and tribal concerns. "KIC will be putting up a website for Alaskans to review information on these important issues," she said.

KIC Tribal Council Member David Jensen was selected as the second Juneau area alternate. The election process was completed during the Alaska Tribal Caucus at DOI's Tribal Self-Governance Fall Conference in Palm Springs, California on October 7, 2003.

The native leaders on the committee represent Alaska concerning Self-Governance issues for tribes nationwide. Self-governance gives the opportunity for Tribal governments to implement their sovereignty with limited federal involvement. At the same time it allows the federal government to carry out its trust responsibility in a government-to-government manner. The DOI Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee is comprised of twenty-four tribal leaders representing each region in the nation. This Committee advises the Department of Interior on a wide variety of Self-Governance issues.

In the spring and the fall, National Tribal Self-Governance Conferences provide an opportunity for tribal governments to share information and help each other resolve issues with federal officials. Tribal Council President Rainwater-Sande, Tribal Council Members David Jensen, Merle Hawkins, Sam Bergeron and Elmer Makua, as well as staff members Georgianna Zimmerle, CEO; Lance Mertz, Finance Director, Martha Johnson, Tribal Council Administrative Assistant, Mareen Summerlin, KIC Self-Governance Coordinator are attending the conference in California this week.



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