Legislature(2019 - 2020)CAPITOL 106

04/09/2019 08:00 AM TRIBAL AFFAIRS

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*+ HR 6 NAT'L. NATIVE AMERICAN VETERANS MEMORIAL TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
*+ HB 126 ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE MONTH TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
         HR 6-NAT'L. NATIVE AMERICAN VETERANS MEMORIAL                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:03:38 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR ZULKOSKY announced  that the first order  of business would                                                               
be  HOUSE RESOLUTION  NO.6, Expressing  support and  appreciation                                                               
for the National Native American Veterans Memorial.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:04:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ELIZABETH  FERGUSON, Staff,  Representative John  Lincoln, Alaska                                                               
State  Legislature,  said  HR  6   expresses  gratitude  for  and                                                               
acknowledges  the  National  Native American  Veterans  Memorial,                                                               
titled  "Warriors'  Circle  of   Honor,"  to  be  constructed  in                                                               
Washington, D.C., at the National  Museum of the American Indian.                                                               
She said  the memorial  will honor  Native American  veterans who                                                               
have "historically  served in greater percentages  than any other                                                               
ethnicity in every  major war since the Revolutionary  War."  Ms.                                                               
Ferguson stated  that the memorial would  offer opportunities for                                                               
museum  visitors  and the  general  public  to learn  more  about                                                               
Native American  veterans and  the distinguished  honors received                                                               
by them.   She opined that this is a  topic not adequately taught                                                               
or  generally  understood.   She  said  the memorial  would  also                                                               
"battle  misperceptions"  about  the conflicts  between  being  a                                                               
proud Native  American and a  proud citizen of the  United States                                                               
of  America.   She  spoke  about the  commitment  made by  Native                                                               
American veterans to protect the  United States of America and of                                                               
their deep-seated patriotism.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:06:51 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP thanked Ms. Ferguson  for presenting HR 6 and                                                               
commended Representative  Lincoln for sponsoring  the resolution.                                                               
He recognized  that the drafting of  HR 6 tells the  story of the                                                               
proud history  of Native  American military  service.   He shared                                                               
that he is glad to see such history recognized and honored.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:07:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR ZULKOSKY opened invited testimony on HR 6.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:07:49 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL WAYNE DON,  Deputy Chief of Staff  for Operations, Alaska                                                               
Army  National Guard,  stated  that he  is     member  of of  the                                                               
National  Native  American  Veterans  Memorial."    He  commended                                                               
Representative  Lincoln  for  sponsoring  HR 6.    He  identified                                                               
himself as  a 25-year veteran of  the United States Army  and the                                                               
Alaska Army National  Guard.  He said he has  been deployed three                                                               
times and served in both Bosnia  and Afghanistan.  He stated that                                                               
he supports  HR 6 not  just because  of his affiliation  with the                                                               
armed forces,  but because many  members of his family  have also                                                               
served in  the armed forces,  from World War  II to present.   He                                                               
said  he is  proud to  be part  of the  National Native  American                                                               
Veterans   Memorial    project   because   it    recognizes   the                                                               
contributions  of   all  Native   Americans  from   the  American                                                               
Revolutionary War to the Global War on Terrorism.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL DON explained that the  United States Congress authorized                                                               
the National Museum  of the American Indian to  create a monument                                                               
on its  grounds to allow  Americans to recognize and  learn about                                                               
"the  courageous traditions"  of Native  Americans in  the United                                                               
States  armed forces.   He  said the  museum's board  of trustees                                                               
created  an advisory  committee  of Native  American veterans  to                                                               
provide  insight about  military  service.   He  stated that  the                                                               
board  is   co-chaired  by  former  United   States  Senator  Ben                                                               
Nighthorse Campbell  and Chickasaw Nation of  Oklahoma Lieutenant                                                               
Governor  Jefferson Keel.    He  said the  board  is composed  of                                                               
American Indian, Alaska Native,  and Native Hawaiian veterans and                                                               
family members from across the country.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:10:04 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL  DON  said  the  museum  held  consultations  across  the                                                               
country to gather feedback from  Native American veterans, tribal                                                               
leaders,  and community  members to  guide the  direction of  the                                                               
project and the design of the  memorial.  He discussed the design                                                               
competition and  the selection  of a  design submitted  by Harvey                                                               
Pratt, an  artist from the Cheyenne  and Arapaho tribes who  is a                                                               
United States Marine  Corps veteran and recognized  as a Cheyenne                                                               
Peace Chief.   Colonel Don  described Mr. Pratt's design  for the                                                               
memorial and said it would be  located on the northeast corner of                                                               
the  museum  grounds.   He  discussed  fundraising  and  outreach                                                               
efforts  undertaken by  the museum  and the  advisory board.   He                                                               
noted   that  the   United  States   Congress  included   in  its                                                               
authorization  the  caveat  that  no federal  funds  be  used  to                                                               
construct the memorial.   He reported that the  museum has raised                                                               
$7.8  million from  pledges across  the country.   He  noted that                                                               
there  has  been considerable  support  from  Indian Country  and                                                               
private industry.  He said the  goal is to continue raising funds                                                               
for  a groundbreaking  in fall  2019 and  an unveiling  currently                                                               
scheduled  for  Veteran's  Day  in  2020.   He  stated  that  the                                                               
memorial has  received widespread  support and  financial pledges                                                               
from  the  following  Alaska Native  corporations:  Arctic  Slope                                                               
Regional   Corporation   (ASRC);  Calista   Corporation;   Doyon,                                                               
Limited;  Bristol Bay  Native Corporation;  Sealaska Corporation;                                                               
Chugach Alaska  Corporation; Cook Inlet Region,  Inc. (CIRI); and                                                               
Afognak Native Corporation.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL DON summarized  the project timeline.  He  said the total                                                               
budget for  the project, including outreach  and construction, is                                                               
$15  million.     He  said  the  goal  for   the  September  2019                                                               
groundbreaking is $8  million; he added that this  goal is nearly                                                               
met.  He  shared his excitement for the project  and his surprise                                                               
at the support from across the country.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:14:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP thanked  Colonel Don  for his  testimony and                                                               
asked him  if he feels a  house resolution from the  Alaska State                                                               
Legislature would help with fundraising efforts.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL DON answered  "absolutely."  He opined  that a resolution                                                               
in support of the memorial would help with fundraising efforts.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:14:53 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  ZULKOSKY  thanked Colonel  Don  for  his service  and  his                                                               
testimony.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR ZULKOSKY opened public testimony on HR 6.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:15:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took a brief at-ease at 8:15 a.m.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:15:55 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOE WILLIAMS, Grand President,  Alaska Native Brotherhood, stated                                                               
that  he  is  testifying  in  support   of  HR  6.    He  thanked                                                               
Representative Lincoln for creating  an opportunity to honor "our                                                               
veterans."   He opined that  it is something that  is desperately                                                               
needed and is very honorable to be done.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:16:32 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PAULETTE  MORENO,  Grand  President,  Alaska  Native  Sisterhood,                                                               
expressed her  strong support  for HR  6.   She said  many Alaska                                                               
Native  and   American  Indian   veterans  have   defended  their                                                               
ancestral homelands.   She  said a  structural memorial  is "more                                                               
than just physical,"  but a spiritual recognition  of "our Native                                                               
people and the land that we  have occupied and continue to occupy                                                               
along with  the peoples of today."   She relayed that  members of                                                               
her family,  including three uncles  and some cousins,  served in                                                               
the United  States armed forces.   She discussed the  dignity and                                                               
importance of  paying tribute to American  Indian, Alaska Native,                                                               
and Native Hawaiian  service.  She continued: "Not  only have we,                                                               
for time immemorial, defended our  people, our rights, our way of                                                               
life, and  our land,  but we  have defended  this country."   She                                                               
said the  Alaska Native  Sisterhood (ANS)  and the  Alaska Native                                                               
Brotherhood (ANB) recognizes the  significance of honoring Native                                                               
veterans in a profound and beautiful way.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:18:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  ZULKOSKY thanked  Mr. Williams  and Ms.  Moreno for  their                                                               
testimony.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:18:55 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
IVAN M. IVAN said he is visiting  Juneau as part of a fly-in with                                                               
the Association  of Alaska  School Boards  (AASB).   He discussed                                                               
efforts to  secure education  funding.   He noted  that he  was a                                                               
member of the  Alaska House of Representatives  during the 1990s.                                                               
Mr. Ivan expressed his appreciation  for the establishment of the                                                               
House Special Committee on Tribal  Affairs, which he described as                                                               
an important committee and     very positive step forward for the                                                               
State of Alaska."   He said the committee is  important to Alaska                                                               
Natives.  He  discussed the acceptance and  recognition of Native                                                               
languages,  something he  said has  allowed  Native children  and                                                               
villages a line of communication to the legislature.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR. IVAN  expressed his  appreciation for HR  6 and  the National                                                               
Native American Veterans  Memorial.  He shared that  he served in                                                               
the Alaska  Army National Guard.   He  mused on the  tradition of                                                               
Alaska Natives from  across the state answering the  call of duty                                                               
to serve the country.   He said Alaska Native servicemembers were                                                               
called  "the eyes  and ears"  because of  their contributions  to                                                               
intelligence-gathering.  He noted that  there is a small memorial                                                               
in Bethel  dedicated to members  of the Alaska  Territorial Guard                                                               
(ATG), but stated  he has not seen a  memorial recognizing Alaska                                                               
Natives for their  service.  He expressed hope  that children can                                                               
learn about  the history of  their parents defending  the nation.                                                               
He expressed  that he would  like to see those  people recognized                                                               
for their participation.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. IVAN  relayed his support  for the resolution and  shared his                                                               
desire to contribute  as much as he can.   He expressed how proud                                                               
is he  is as  a former  state legislator to  be before  the House                                                               
Special Committee on Tribal Affairs.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:26:41 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR ZULKOSKY,  after ascertaining  that no  one else  wished to                                                               
testify, closed public testimony on HR 6.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  ZULKOSKY announced  that HR  6 would  be held  for further                                                               
review.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HR006 Sponsor Statement 4.8.19.pdf HMLV 4/30/2019 1:00:00 PM
HTRB 4/9/2019 8:00:00 AM
HR 6
HB 126 Sponsor Statement 4.9.2019.pdf HTRB 4/9/2019 8:00:00 AM
HB0126 4.9.2019.PDF HTRB 4/9/2019 8:00:00 AM
HB 126
HR0006A.PDF HMLV 4/30/2019 1:00:00 PM
HTRB 4/9/2019 8:00:00 AM
HR 6
HR 6 Supporting Document Angapak Testimony.pdf HMLV 4/30/2019 1:00:00 PM
HTRB 4/9/2019 8:00:00 AM
HR 6