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.. Shoonaq' Trib e of Kodi a k (Kodiak Tribal Council)

Shoonaq' Pichim Shtoon Pugoot "We, the Tribe of Kodiak, do things our way ... "

IVolume 4, Issue I

March 3 I , 2000

Alutiiq Dancer Featured On 2000 Alaska Vacation Planner

IITC Board Members •

Pat Heitman

Kodiak Alutiiq Dancer's own Lori Pestrikofs picture is featured in full living color on the front cover of the :woo Alaska Vacation Planner. The Alaska Chamber of Commerce publishes the Alaska Vacation Planner in an effort to promote Kodiak Island as a vacation destination for the tourists and travelers of the world. The Kodiak Tribal Counc il works with the Alaska Chamber of Commerce and Alaska Airlines to promote the Kodiak Alutiiq Dancers. The Kodiak Alutiiq Dancers continually seek funding fo r trave l expenses to perform at various functions throughout Alaska. They are in the process of making their own arts and crafts to se ll. If anyone is interested in donating, please give us a call. Donations, whether in material, money, or time wi ll greatly be appreciated!

Chairman Lawrence An de rson Vice-Chairman •

Sally McLaughlin Sccrcmry/Trcasurer

Gloria Bishop Mark O lsen

Ken Parker

T eri Schneider

Staff ;\iargaret Roberrs President l'irginia ..-lbslon Finance Direclor Chickie /Fegdahl .·Jdmin. .-/ssisla/11

Inside This Issue Kodiak Alutiiq Dancers · Current Issues Genealogy Workshop Census 2000 Native Services Inte1·estecl')




Current Issues A couple of issues concerning Alaskan Natives have recently made the news. The first is the governOl''s appea l of the E:atie John subsistence 1·uling, which gives t h e federal government authority over subsistence fisheries management in rivers a nd waterways on or adjacent to federal land in Alaska. On February 15th the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) held a special convention to a ddress this issue. KTC Board Member 1 Mark Olsen attended the convention representing Natives of Kodiak in or1 der to determine how the appeal may affect Tribal members in our region. The council will address the is su e a nd 2 determine how to best support AFN in their effort to protect Alaska Native •J sub sistence rights. ·')

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Another issue of significance is the establishment of a tribal-state negotiating team. On February 16th and 17th the Alaska Inter-Triba l Council sponsored a tribal gathering in Anchorage to address tribal concerns with respect to the Governor's proposed negotiating team. Several presenters from tribes in the lower 48 states spoke on the successes of the accords and executive orders produced between their tribes and state governments. Both KTC President Margaret Roberts and KTC Board Member Sally McLaughlin attended the gathering in order to gather information and present diverse perspectives to the remainin g tribal council members at the next council meeting. Over 40 delegates were appointed by the tribes to serve on this team. Leisnoi Tribal Council President Andy Teub er was appointed to the team of representatives for the Kodiak Region alo ng with Paul Panamarioff, Margaret Rob erts, and Julie Knagin. Helen Harris a nd Alicia ·'Lynn" Reft were appointed as a lte1·nates. 'vVe will be sure to keep you updated as talks begin.




Genealogy Workshop Kodiak families had an opportunity to trace and map out their family history in the Genealogy Workshop sponsored by the Kodiak Tribal Council March 7th and 8th at the Kodiak College. Along with a little studying and sitting through seminars, everyone got treated to the stories of elders from Kodiak and the surrounding villages who reVisited the "good ole days", a dance performance by the Kodiak Alutiiq Dancers, and perok on the second day of the workshop.


and translated to English called "The sailboats are taking our boyfriends away." The evening of March 7th was spent viewing slides of Alutiig communities - both historic and contemporary at the Kodiak Inn Harbor Room. The second day of the genealogy workshop started off with a presentation by anthropologist Dr. Nancy Yaw Davis on Kinship Charts and Family Trees. Everyone was asked to break into small groups representing villages and get together to map out kinship charts. This session was well-received and enlightening for many who made genealogical discoveries as they studied family ties and histories.

The workshop started off with an introduction to types of genealogy database After the busy morning of gathering and software offered by some computer soft- Vickie Carmichael helps Gerty compiling family information and an invoware dealers and discussed the proper Tveit with her family tree chart. cation by Kodiak Tribal Council Chaplain use of information sharing, data sharing, L--------------1 Lawrence Anderson, a lunch ofperok, fruit privacy, and access to computer files. and potato salads, and desserts were a very welcome Craig Mishler, consultant with Vadzaih Unlimited break. Bertha Malutin did an excellent job making the shared his knowledge on the "Personal Ancestral File, delicious peroks! followed by Alisha DeGuzman with the "Family Tree Maker" and Marti Murray shared the basics of After lunch break, everyone settled in as Roy Madsen, in"Reunion". troduced by President Margaret Roberts, got up to make his keynote speech chiding 'After a hearty lunch of tuna and egg he "hopes he doesn't fall asleep after that salad sandwiches, veggies, chips & dip great lunch." Roy shared some of his prepared by the staff of KTC, the elders childhood days contrasting how times have from Kodiak and the surrounding vilchanged; how time-honored ancestral tralages were formally welcomed by Presiditions or the lack of them, may have a dident Margaret Roberts and Craig Mishrect impact on how our children are raised ler and were asked to share a little bit of and the effects that might have on them. their childhood stories and Alutiiq traditions. After Roy's touching speech, everyone was Roy Madsen delivers a powerful treated to a performance by the Kodiak Neil Sargent, Nick Pestikoff, Lilly PesKeynote address at the recent eld- Alutiiq Dancers headed by Carolyn Kelly Dance Coordinator. The dancers vigortrikoff, Betty Nelson, Clyda Christensen, ers gathering he entitled "The Lucy Davis, Paul Kahutak, Julie Tides and Ties of our Culture." ously performed their collection of Alutiiq Knagin, and Iver Malutin all shared sto- L--------------1 songs and dances to the applause of appreries and traditions. Along with sharing childhood stociation from everyone within sight and sound. ries, Mary Simeonoff shared a touching song in Alutiig The workshop was wrapped up with open microphone and general discussion of practical applications and future strategies with a panel chaired by Rachel Mason from the National Park Service, Teri Schneider from the Kodiak Island Borough School District, Alicia DeGuzman from We have several names without current the Afognak Native Corporation, and Vicki Carmichael from the Alutiiq Museum.

Address Corrections Requested

addresses on our enrollment file. Please contact the Kodiak Tribal Council office and let us know your correct address so we can send you newsletters and other tribal news periodically.

The Kodiak Tribal Council thanks everyone who participated in this memorable event. A video on the Genealogy Workshop is being put together if anyone is interested. Kodiak Tribal Council sponsored the Genealogy Workshop through a grant from the National Science Foundation.





United States Census 2000 The Bureau oflndian Affairs, among many other programs geared toward helping Native Americans, depend on the census of a given region to allot Federal monies. The Kodiak Tz:ibal Council urges all Alaskan and American Natives living in the Kodiak region to answer the race question on Census 2000 only as Native American. If you check other races there is no guarantee that you will be counted as Native American. Even if you can be identified as another race, it is important that you check ONLY the Native American category so our Native programs can receive the maximum benefit allowed for each region according to population.

Native Services Provided By

The Kodiak Tribal Council The Kodiak Tribal Council provides several services through grants from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Department of Health and Human Services:

Bureau of Indian Mfairs The following programs require a minimum Alaskan Native or American Indian blood quantum of 1/4 for participants to apply. 1) General Assistance for qualifying low-income families and individuals needing emergency assistance (must meet current Health & Human Services poverty guidelines). General Assistance is designed to help those individuals in the process of fmding a more permanent source of income and is not meant to enable a welfare existence. 2) The Tribal Work Experience Program (TWEP) works with low-income individuals who are currently available for work but cannot find employment. We work with the local Public Assistance office to try to put individuals back to work while helping them out fmancially. 3) Burial Assistance helps qualifying individuals in the basic costs of burial.


dents seeking an Associate of Arts (two-year) or a Bachelor of Arts (four-year) Degree. Individuals applying for this scholarship must be members of the Shoonaq Tribe of Kodiak and enrolled to the Kodiak Tribal Council. Adult Vocational Training grants help students going for Associate of Science Degrees or any certification which will enhance the individual's employability. Any Alaskan Native or American Native can apply for this grant provided the individual lives permanently in the City of Kodiak or anywhere on the Kodiak road system.

Department of llealtb and Human Services Community Service Block Grant or Loan Grants or Loans are available to assist eligible Shoonaq' Tribal members in countering the negative social, psychological, cultural, and/or economic impacts of poverty. Persons eligible for this program must be Alaskan Native or American Indian who reside in the Koniag region. These areas do include Long Island, Whale Island, Near Island, Afognak Island, Chiniak Bay, Kalsin Bay, Pasagshak Bay, and Anton Larsen Bay and those other traditionally inhabited village sites in and of the City of Kodiak and Kodiak Island Borough maintained road system. For more information on these programs, contact Daisy or Gerty at the Kodiak Tribal Council.

Individuals must have a Certificate of Indian Blood among other required documents for the following BIA Education Programs. 1) Higher Education is a 2 or 4 year scholarship for stu-

Wanna Catch A Performance OfThe Dancers While In Town? Experience a Cultural Revival!

The Kodiak Alutiiq Dancers invite you to witness the celebration of their ancient traditions of dance and song... The Alutiiq people have inhabited Kodiak Island for 7,000 years, their survival assured by indigenous and harmonious use of the maritime world around them sod, driftwood, fish, shellfish, whale bone, seal intestines, bird feathers, and much more. Complimenting their unmatched survival skills, the

Alutiiqs developed a rich artistic and spiritual tradition, including songs, dances, and crafts. These traditions have been painstakingly preserved from generation to generation. Starting May 25th the Kodiak Alutiiq Dancers are scheduled to perform daily at 3:30 p.m. The show times for the general public may change depending on touring group demand so if you are visiting Kodiak, we encourage you to call (907)486-4449 to see when the next vitalizing performance will be held for the general public. The admittance fee is $15.00 for adults and $7.50 for children.


Phone: (907)486-4449 Fax: (907)486-3361 Email:

Kodiak Tribal Council Proudly representing the m embers of the Shoonaq ' Tribe of Kodiak Island, Alaska


Our E-mail: tl'ibe@ptialaska.uet



Student Representative and KTC Volunteer Marsha Parker Reports: Subsistence and Stewardship On March 24, 1999 I was selected to be the youth representative to represent the Kodiak Tribal Council, along with Florence Pestrikoff, as the elder, to attend a conference about Subsistence and Stewardship. We were invited to this conference by the Chugach Regional Resource Commission. At this conference, we discussed the issues of subsistence and stewardship. The main focus, though, was subsistence. During the conference, there was an elders panel, where the elders discussed their knowledge of subsistence. They told stori~s and gave their thoughts about subsistence. Also, there were people from towns and corporations, who have been studying subsistence, that talked about what they know on subsistence. These people discussed what is going on with subsistence and statistics about the subsistence around Alaska. Later on in the afternoon, they had a youth panel, which was led by Hugh Short. I was selected to be on this panel, along with three other girls. We were asked to discuss our thoughts and knowledge of subsistence. My discussion was letting the elders and parents in the audience know that I felt they should be teaching their children more about subsistence. Once they are gone, and if this generation does not know about subsistence and the way of our elders, their gen-

eration will be lost an forgotten about. Then, we had a break for a traditional meal including bear meat, crab legs, and many other sea foods. This entire conference enlightened me, and I am grateful that I was given the chance to attend. So, thank you to all those involved in preparing this conference and making it such a great success. With this knowledge, the future generations now know what to expect once our elders are gone. HELPING OUT IN THE OFFICE For the past few months, I have been coming over to the Kodiak Tribal Council for my Coop class that I am taking at the Kodiak High School. Since I have been coming, I have been helping out Chickie Wegdahl with secretarial business and helping with paperwork. All of this knowledge is going to help me. I am developing better speaking skills, as I am answering phones and contacting people about business. Also, I have helped with newsletters, typing letters to people, and working on the computer. This experience is great, and I would love to do it again.

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2000 STK Newsletter, March  

The Sun'aq Tribal newsletter for 2000-mar-31. Volume 4, Issue 1. Includes tribal activity updates and news, subsistence information, geneolo...

2000 STK Newsletter, March  

The Sun'aq Tribal newsletter for 2000-mar-31. Volume 4, Issue 1. Includes tribal activity updates and news, subsistence information, geneolo...