By Cecelia Johnson
December 23, 2008
The Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) council elections are upcoming
and gives you a chance to have a voice in who you think could
fulfill a leadership position. With this privilege think and
1. An individual who respects elders and will listen when they
2. Who does realize that they (tribal council) answers to you
3. who will promote equality amongst the Tlinget, Haida, Tsimpsian,
4. Who is ethical and understands "conflict of interest"
as well as what
5. Who knows that important decisions affecting the tribal members
made at the table.
6. Understands that "transparency" is a leader's gift
to the people they
7. Understands that personalities and issues are always to remain
when you sit at the table.
In attending tribal council meetings and being involved I have
observed the work that the council does on behalf of the KIC
membership. They spend many hours in meetings away from their
family and often are criticized and scrutinized. Remember as
a public figure it comes with the territory. Communication is
vital and will alleviate alot of questions.
Received December 21, 2008
- Published December 23, 2008
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