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Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Tlingit Haida) adjourned its 79th annual tribal Assembly April 12 at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in Juneau.
The delegates of the Assembly elected Richard Peterson the new tribal president of Tlingit-Haida in an overwhelming majority vote. Other candidates were Harold Houston Sr. and William "Ozzie" Sheakley.
Peterson replaces Edward K. Thomas, who retired after leading Tlingit-Haida 27 of the last 30 years.
Peterson has served as vice president of Tlingit-Haida's Executive Council for the last seven years and brings many years of tribal administrative experience serving as president of the Organized Village of Kasaan and chief executive officer of Prince of Wales Tribal Enterprise Consortium.
William Micklin of San Francisco (First Vice President), Robert Sanderson Jr. of Ketchikan (Second Vice President), and Lowell Halverson of Seattle (Third Vice President) were all re-elected to serve on the executive council board. Newly elected are Jolene Edenshaw of Hydaburg (Fourth Vice President), Marvin Adams of Anchorage (Fifth Vice President), and Jacqueline Pata of Washington, D.C. (Sixth Vice President). Delegates reaffirmed the appointment of Edward K. Thomas to serve as President Emeritus to the Executive Council. The executive council will serve a two-year term and is the governing body elected to oversee the governance of the tribe.
Also elected were Tribal Court Judge Lance Twitchell of Skagway, Executive Council Youth Representative Brandon Mayer of Seattle, and Delegate/Citizen of the Year Bertha Karras of Sitka.