Richard Peterson, president of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Governor Sean Parnell, Cathy, and Jason Wilson, Central Council Village Public Safety Officer program director, at the August 25, 2014, signing ceremony at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in Juneau. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor.
Juneau – Governor Sean Parnell and the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska signed a first-of-its-kind memorandum of agreement August 25, 2014, in Juneau, signifying a new era of better communication and collaboration on education, workforce training, jobs, economic development, public safety, and energy. Central Council and the state have appointed liaisons who will communicate with each other on these topics and more.
Central Council President Richard Peterson noted that 2014 already has been an historic year for Alaska Natives with the passage last April of bills officially recognizing indigenous languages and designating November 14 as Dr. Walter Soboleff Day.
Governor Parnell cited the Village Public Safety Officer program as an example of successful collaboration between the state and non-profit organizations like Tlingit-Haida Central Council.
For more about the agreement, go to KTOO and the Juneau Empire. For more about Village Public Safety Officers in Southeast Alaska, see this story by KTOO. Central Council has posted a 33-minute video of the event. To see it, go here.