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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
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
           HOUSE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON TRIBAL AFFAIRS                                                                          
                         April 9, 2019                                                                                          
                           8:03 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Tiffany Zulkosky, Chair                                                                                          
Representative Dan Ortiz                                                                                                        
Representative Chuck Kopp                                                                                                       
Representative Dave Talerico                                                                                                    
Representative Sarah Vance                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Bryce Edgmon, Vice Chair                                                                                         
Representative John Lincoln                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 6                                                                                                          
Expressing support and appreciation for the National Native                                                                     
American Veterans Memorial.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 126                                                                                                              
"An Act establishing November as Alaska Native Heritage Month."                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HR 6                                                                                                                    
SHORT TITLE: NAT'L. NATIVE AMERICAN VETERANS MEMORIAL                                                                           
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) LINCOLN                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
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BILL: HB 126                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE MONTH                                                                                       
SPONSOR(s): TRIBAL AFFAIRS                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
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WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
ELIZABETH FERGUSON, Staff                                                                                                       
Representative John Lincoln                                                                                                     
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Introduced HR 6 on behalf of Representative                                                              
Lincoln, the prime sponsor.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL WAYNE DON, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations                                                                         
Alaska Army National Guard                                                                                                      
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HR 6.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
JOE WILLIAMS, Grand President                                                                                                   
Alaska Native Brotherhood                                                                                                       
Saxman, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HR 6 and HB 126.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
PAULETTE MORENO, Grand President                                                                                                
Alaska Native Sisterhood                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HR 6 and HB 126.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
IVAN M. IVAN                                                                                                                    
Akiak, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HR 6 and HB 126.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
GRACE RENEE SINGH, Staff                                                                                                        
Representative Tiffany Zulkosky                                                                                                 
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Introduced HB 126 on behalf of the House                                                                 
Special Committee on Tribal Affairs, the prime sponsor.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
ANASTASIA PLEASANT, Public Policy Fellow                                                                                        
First Alaskans Institute                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Introduced HB 126 on behalf of the House                                                                 
Special Committee on Tribal Affairs, the prime sponsor.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
LIZ MEDICINE CROW, Director                                                                                                     
First Alaskans Institute                                                                                                        
Kake, Alaska                                                                                                                    
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 126.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:03:05 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  TIFFANY ZULKOSKY  called  the House  Special Committee  on                                                             
Tribal Affairs  meeting to  order at  8:03 a.m.   Representatives                                                               
Talerico, Kopp, Vance,  and Zulkosky were present at  the call to                                                               
order.    Representative Ortiz  arrived  as  the meeting  was  in                                                               
progress.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
         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  a  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.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
              HB 126-ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE MONTH                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:27:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR ZULKOSKY announced  that the final order  of business would                                                               
be HOUSE  BILL NO. 126,  "An Act establishing November  as Alaska                                                               
Native Heritage Month."                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:27:07 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GRACE  RENEE  SINGH,   Staff,  Representative  Tiffany  Zulkosky,                                                               
Alaska  State Legislature,  introduced herself  as the  committee                                                               
aide for the House Special Committee on Tribal Affairs.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:27:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANASTASIA   PLEASANT,  Public   Policy  Fellow,   First  Alaskans                                                               
Institute,  introduced herself  as a  participant in  the Senator                                                               
Ted Stevens  Legislative Internship Program at  the University of                                                               
Alaska.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:27:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. SINGH said HB 126 would  establish the month of November each                                                               
year as Alaska Native Heritage  Month, which she explained may be                                                               
observed  by  schools, community  groups,  and  other public  and                                                               
private  agencies and  individuals.   She  continued that  Alaska                                                               
Native   Heritage  Month   may  be   observed  with   appropriate                                                               
activities  to   honor  and  recognize  statewide   and  national                                                               
contributions made by Alaska Natives.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:27:53 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  PLEASANT said  the purpose  of HB  126 is  to celebrate  and                                                               
recognize  the rich  cultures of  Alaska  Natives throughout  the                                                               
state.   She stated that  Alaska Native people have  occupied the                                                               
land now known as the State of Alaska for thousands of years.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:28:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  SINGH stated  that Alaska  Native  cultures, languages,  and                                                               
traditions   significantly   contribute  to   Alaska's   history,                                                               
economy, and diverse  identity.  She said HB  126 would recognize                                                               
Alaska's  unique heritage,  its  cultural  appreciation, and  the                                                               
community relationships that help unify all Alaskans.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:28:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  PLEASANT said  HB 126  would formally  acknowledge the  many                                                               
contributions  and  sacrifices, as  well  as  the resilience,  of                                                               
Alaska  Natives.    She  added   that  this  is  something  every                                                               
community, culture, and tradition in Alaska can celebrate.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:28:51 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TALERICO  commended Ms. Singh and  Ms. Pleasant on                                                               
their presentation.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR ZULKOSKY opened invited testimony on HB 126.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:29:22 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LIZ   MEDICINE   CROW,   Director,  First   Alaskans   Institute,                                                               
introduced  herself  in both  English  and  Tlingit, as  well  as                                                               
offered information  about her family  and background.   She said                                                               
it was an honor to testify  before the House Special Committee on                                                               
Tribal  Affairs.     She  expressed  her   appreciation  for  the                                                               
establishment of the committee and  shared that she looks forward                                                               
to its  continued work.  She  said she also looks  forward to the                                                               
committee being made  permanent.  She echoed  Mr. Ivan's previous                                                               
testimony about  the committee being  a medium through  which the                                                               
voices of Alaska Native people can be heard.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MEDICINE CROW  said  she  supports HB  126  and offered  her                                                               
congratulations to  the committee that  HB 126 is the  first bill                                                               
to  be introduced  by the  committee itself.   On  why HB  126 is                                                               
important, she reflected on first  learning about Native American                                                               
Heritage Month  upon graduating  from high school  in 1990.   She                                                               
recalled feeling  that it was  about time someone  recognized the                                                               
contributions of Native  peoples.  She said she  was surprised to                                                               
learn  that Native  American Heritage  Month  is not  permanently                                                               
established.  She shared her  appreciation that HB 126 would make                                                               
Alaska   Native  Heritage   Month  a   "permanent  structure   of                                                               
celebration."  She recalled having  recently been in Sitka during                                                               
a celebration  of the return  of the herring.   She mused  on the                                                               
spiritual connection  between Alaska Natives and  their homeland.                                                               
She said that  connection has to be celebrated and  honored.  She                                                               
opined that  the creation of  an opportunity for all  Alaskans to                                                               
celebrate Alaska  Natives together would  be a good way  to honor                                                               
and lift up Alaska Natives.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:33:48 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MEDICINE CROW  shared that  November  is a  fitting time  to                                                               
celebrate, as  it is when  fall and winter  meet.  She  paused to                                                               
acknowledge that  the Juneau  area is Auke  Kwaan and  Taku Kwaan                                                               
territory.    She explained  that  local  "parties" and  "doings"                                                               
occur in the  winter months after the completion  of the harvest.                                                               
She said this  is why November is a good  fit for celebrating and                                                               
honoring Alaska Native  peoples.  She noted as well  that it is a                                                               
convenient time  for schools, communities, and  other entities to                                                               
put effort into  celebrating the legacy, leadership,  and love of                                                               
Alaska Native people.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:35:33 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. MORENO  reintroduced herself  in Tlingit.   She  reminded the                                                               
committee that she represents the  Alaska Native Sisterhood (ANS)                                                               
as Grand  President.  She  noted that  ANS and the  Alaska Native                                                               
Brotherhood   (ANB)   are   the   oldest   known   civil   rights                                                               
organizations for Native people in  the United States of America.                                                               
She said ANS and ANB were  among the first organizations to fight                                                               
for  Native civil,  spiritual, and  land rights,  as well  as for                                                               
resources  and  ways of  life.    She expressed  appreciation  on                                                               
behalf of  ANB and  ANS for the  establishment of  the committee.                                                               
She commented  that the committee  room has been filled  not just                                                               
with  English words,  but also  with words  in Native  languages.                                                               
She said, "It is  a reverent time, it is a  beautiful time, it is                                                               
a powerful time."                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS. MORENO said  ANS, in equal partnership with ANB,  is in total                                                               
support of  HB 126.   She mused on  the significance of  the bill                                                               
and its  unique opportunity to recognize  Alaska Native heritage.                                                               
She  referenced a  piece  of copper  worn around  her  neck as  a                                                               
symbol of worth -  a "tana."  She said the symbol  of worth of HB                                                               
126 would be  a clear articulation by the State  of Alaska of its                                                               
recognition of Native  peoples across Alaska.  She  said it would                                                               
offer  an  opportunity  for  Alaskans   and  other  Americans  to                                                               
celebrate the  diverse culture of  Alaska Natives.  She  mused on                                                               
Alaska Natives  as "caretakers  of this  land" and  discussed the                                                               
ways Alaska Natives  preserve culture and resources.   She opined                                                               
that HB  126 would do more  than just "recognize November."   She                                                               
said  it  would recognize  the  people  who are  "standing  there                                                               
silent no more."  She stated, "We  are not backing down on any of                                                               
our current fights; we are standing up and standing strong                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MORENO   noted  that  2020   will  mark   the  seventy-fifth                                                               
anniversary of the  Alaska Anti-Discrimination Act of  1945.  She                                                               
recognized  the efforts  of  Elizabeth  Wanamaker Peratrovich  to                                                               
secure passage of the act.  Ms.  Moreno said she is sure that Ms.                                                               
Peratrovich and  other organizers  are "in this  room spiritually                                                               
watching  us today."   She  connected HB  126 to  the causes  for                                                               
which Ms. Peratrovich  fought.  She noted that  the United States                                                               
Mint will  distribute coins to  commemorate Ms.  Peratrovich, and                                                               
that the eyes of the nation will  be on Alaska to see how far the                                                               
state  has come.   She  stressed  that the  legislature can  "add                                                               
worth" to the state by passing HB 126.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:42:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  WILLIAMS reintroduced  himself.   He mused  on Ms.  Moreno's                                                               
discussion of  Ms. Peratrovich and how  far Alaska has come  as a                                                               
state.  He  recalled past times when there were  signs that read,                                                               
"no dogs  or Indians allowed."   He spoke about the  power of the                                                               
events  that took  place 75  years ago  with the  passage of  the                                                               
Alaska  Anti-Discrimination  Act of  1945.    He expressed  total                                                               
support for  HB 126  on behalf  of ANS  and ANB.   He  echoed the                                                               
sentiments of previous speakers.  He  relayed that he is 75 years                                                               
old.  He  said that, in those 75 years,  he has worked diligently                                                               
to  speak the  English language  and to  follow the  laws of  the                                                               
State of Alaska and the United  States of America.  He said that,                                                               
with the  passage of HB  126, it  would be the  responsibility of                                                               
committee members to  learn to say "thank you" in  all the Alaska                                                               
Native  languages.   He taught  committee members  to say  "thank                                                               
you" in  Tlingit by having  them repeat "gunalcheesh."   He asked                                                               
committee members  to learn  to say "thank  you" in  other Alaska                                                               
Native languages.   He thanked the committee  for the opportunity                                                               
to testify.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:45:51 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ORTIZ sought to  recognize the individuals present                                                               
in the  room.  He noted  that Mr. Williams was  formerly mayor of                                                               
Ketchikan Gateway  Borough.  He  commended Mr.  Williams' ability                                                               
to command a  room.  He relayed his appreciation  and support for                                                               
HB 126.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:47:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  ZULKOSKY thanked  Ms.  Moreno and  Mr.  Williams both  for                                                               
their testimony.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:47:32 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took a brief at-ease at 8:47 a.m.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:47:54 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR ZULKOSKY opened public testimony on HB 126.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:48:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. IVAN  reintroduced himself and  expressed his support  for HB                                                               
126.   He asked  that Chair  Zulkosky permit  him to  present his                                                               
testimony in the Yupik language.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR ZULKOSKY granted his request.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR. IVAN, before delivering his  prepared testimony, relayed that                                                               
his testimony  is dedicated  to his  grandchildren, so  that they                                                               
can watch  the testimony in  the future  and be proud  that their                                                               
language was spoken in committee and  was respected.  He mused on                                                               
how HB 126  would recognize and celebrate  Alaska Native culture,                                                               
heritage,  and language.   He  said it  is important  that Alaska                                                               
Native children be  proud of themselves and not feel  low or feel                                                               
like failures in times when they  do not achieve their goals.  He                                                               
spoke  of the  importance of  Alaska Natives  being confident  in                                                               
themselves.  He reiterated his support  for HB 126 because of the                                                               
strength and  opportunities it  would create.   He said  it would                                                               
give Alaska Native children an identity  to be proud of and to be                                                               
celebrated.    He reiterated  the  importance  of teaching  young                                                               
people strength and resilience.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. IVAN provided the rest of his testimony in Yupik.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:53:19 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR ZULKOSKY thanked Mr. Ivan  for traveling to Juneau to speak                                                               
about issues  that are important to  him and his community.   She                                                               
thanked  him  as  well  for  "bringing  our  language  into  this                                                               
building."  She thanked him for his testimony.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:53:49 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR ZULKOSKY,  after ascertaining  that no  one else  wished to                                                               
testify, closed public testimony on HB 126.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR ZULKOSKY  announced that HB  126 would be held  for further                                                               
review.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:54:12 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There  being  no  further  business  before  the  committee,  the                                                               
Special  Committee on  Tribal Affairs  meeting  was adjourned  at                                                               
8:54 a.m.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                

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