Legislature(2017 - 2018)BUTROVICH 205

03/28/2017 03:30 PM STATE AFFAIRS

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03:32:31 PM Start
03:33:08 PM Confirmation Hearing: Alaska Police Standards Council
03:36:22 PM SB8
03:41:34 PM HB78
04:00:39 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Review of Governor's Appointee: TELECONFERENCED
Wendi Shackelford, Alaska Police Standards
Council
+= SB 8 PFD CONTRIBUTIONS TO TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Testimony <Invitation Only> --
+= HB 78 INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Testimony <Invitation Only> --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                  HB 78-INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:41:34 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY called  the committee back to  order and announced                                                               
the consideration of HB 78.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:41:53 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE DEAN  WESTLAKE, Alaska State  Legislature, Juneau,                                                               
Alaska, sponsor  of HB  78, specified  that the  bill establishes                                                               
the second  Monday of  October each  year as  "Indigenous Peoples                                                               
Day," the day that also  recognizes "Columbus Day." He noted that                                                               
the  bill earlier  addressed by  the committee  pointed out  that                                                               
there are  over 220 tribes in  Alaska and HB 78  recognizes those                                                               
native cultures and their rich  history of working with everyone.                                                               
He  mentioned  that  Governor Walker  has  proclaimed  Indigenous                                                               
Peoples Day the second Monday of  October over the past two years                                                               
and the intent of the bill is to continue its observance.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:42:56 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY opened public and invited testimony on HB 78.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:43:23 PM                                                                                                                    
ELIZABETH   MEDICINE   CROW,    President/CEO,   First   Alaskans                                                               
Institute, Anchorage, Alaska, testified in  support of HB 78. She                                                               
thanked  Representative   Westlake  and  Elizabeth   Rexford  for                                                               
putting forward HB  78 in support of Indigenous  Peoples Day. She                                                               
disclosed  that  for  the  past   few  years  there  has  been  a                                                               
grassroots  effort  around the  state  to  recognize the  amazing                                                               
contributions   of  Alaska's   diverse  indigenous   people.  She                                                               
disclosed  that both  the governor  of  Alaska and  the mayor  of                                                               
Anchorage have  recognized Indigenous  Peoples Day over  the past                                                               
several  years and  noted that  the  proclamations occurred  with                                                               
great fanfare  at the First  Alaskans Institute Elders  and Youth                                                               
Conference. She set  forth that HB 78 is  incredibly important as                                                               
a  way  for  people  to  feel a  connection  between  Alaska  and                                                               
Alaska's native people.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:46:41 PM                                                                                                                    
CONSTANCE  MUNRO,  Advocate,  Alaska Native  Sisterhood  Camp  2,                                                               
Juneau, Alaska,  testified in support  of HB  78. She said  HB 78                                                               
will  recognize  the  thousands  of  years  of  native  Alaskans'                                                               
culture,  history and  contributions that  they gave  to all  the                                                               
people.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:50:15 PM                                                                                                                    
KATHERINE  HOPE,  Advocate,  Alaska  Native  Sisterhood  Camp  2,                                                               
Juneau,  Alaska,  testified  in  support of  HB  78.  She  shared                                                               
stories  of her  Tlingit  heritage and  noted  their emphasis  in                                                               
treating people equally.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:52:19 PM                                                                                                                    
ANNE FULLER, Advocate, Alaska Native  Sisterhood - Glacier Valley                                                               
Camp 70, Juneau, Alaska, testified in  support of HB 78. She said                                                               
through  history  the original  people  of  Alaska have  welcomed                                                               
newcomers and  HB 78  offers the state  and current  residents an                                                               
opportunity to honor native Alaskan people.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:53:01 PM                                                                                                                    
E.J. DAVID,  representing self,  Anchorage, Alaska,  testified in                                                               
support of HB 78. He  asserted that Indigenous Peoples Day should                                                               
have been done  a long time ago out of  respect to the indigenous                                                               
peoples of Alaska.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:55:41 PM                                                                                                                    
SHAWN ARNOLD, Superintendent, Nome  Public Schools, Nome, Alaska,                                                               
testified  in support  of HB  78.  He set  forth that  Indigenous                                                               
Peoples Day recognizes and celebrates  the heritage of indigenous                                                               
peoples  throughout  the Americas  as  well  as the  history  and                                                               
contribution of  Alaska natives. He asserted  that recognition of                                                               
Indigenous Peoples Day  is a matter of respect.  He remarked that                                                               
recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day in  October of 2015 made sense                                                               
to  the  Nome Public  Schools  because  over  80 percent  of  its                                                               
students are  of Alaska  native heritage.  He disclosed  that the                                                               
Nome Public Schools  was the second school  district to recognize                                                               
Indigenous Peoples  Day after Fairbanks. He  opined that changing                                                               
the  second Monday  in October  from Columbus  Day to  Indigenous                                                               
Peoples Day  would better reflect  the state's communities  and a                                                               
true,  accurate  account  of the  history  of  indigenous  people                                                               
beginning  long  before  Christopher Columbus  sailed,  which  is                                                               
necessary to  set the historical  record straight and  to respect                                                               
the  traditional cultures  and languages  of Alaska's  indigenous                                                               
people.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:57:32 PM                                                                                                                    
YATIBAEY  EVANS,  Alaska  Native  Education  Director,  Fairbanks                                                               
North Star Borough School  District, Fairbanks, Alaska, testified                                                               
in support  of HB  78. She disclosed  that an  Indigenous Peoples                                                               
Day resolution  was first passed  in 2015 by the  Fairbanks North                                                               
Star  Borough School  District.  She said  the school  district's                                                               
resolution  began  its  process  through  a  group  of  concerned                                                               
Alaskan-native parents  that recognized  a need for  students and                                                               
the community to  have a positive attribute to look  up to and to                                                               
see all  the contributions  of the  people that  represent Alaska                                                               
over thousands of  years. She set forth  that Alaska's indigenous                                                               
people  have  contributed  to  the  state's  culture,  structure,                                                               
economy,  and society.  She asserted  that  by acknowledging  the                                                               
indigenous  people,  Alaska  will create  a  positive  precedence                                                               
which will  further enhance  multi-cultural connections  and help                                                               
propel the state's communities forward.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:59:18 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY announced that invited  testimony is concluded for                                                               
the day. He asked Representative  Westlake if HB 78 would replace                                                               
Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WESTLAKE  answered  that Indigenous  Peoples  Day                                                               
would be  inclusive of  Columbus Day.  He asserted  that Alaska's                                                               
native  people have  never been  exclusive,  and their  tradition                                                               
will proudly continue.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DUNLEAVY thanked  Representative Westlake  and noted  that                                                               
his previous  comment essentially  says there  is room  enough on                                                               
the specified day in October for indigenous people.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WESTLAKE asserted that there  is room, "For all of                                                               
us."                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:00:14 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY held HB 78 in committee for future consideration.                                                                
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 8 - Version A.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 8
SB 8 - Support Letter Woody Island Tribal Council.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 8
SB 8 - Support Letter Native Village of Afognak.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 8
SB 8 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 8
SB 8 - Sectional Analysis.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 8
HB 78 - Version A.PDF SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
HB 78 - Supporting Document-Support Letters 1.26.17 - Burkowitz.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
HB 78 - Supporting Document-Support Letters 1.25.17 - R.Worl.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
HB 78 - Supporting Document-Support Letter 2.17.2016 - AFN.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
HB 78 - Supporting Document-Support Letter 1.31.2016 - Doyon.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
HB 78 - Fiscal Note CRA 1.31.17.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
SB 8 - DOR Fiscal Note.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 8
HB 78 - Support Letter Alaska Regional Coalition.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
HB 78 - Mat-Su Resolution of Support.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78