The Organized Village of Kasaan and SCS share the common goal of working collaboratively towards cultural, ecological, and economic prosperity in Southeast Alaska. In 2020, OVK and SCS created a joint position to amplify indigenous voices and Tribal nations input into public policy processes. Policy Liaison Tristan Douville, Tlingit member of the Eagle-Wolf-Killer Whale clan from Craig, communicates with Congressional members regarding the Tribes’ petition and designed an innovative social media strategy to spread the word about their efforts. Says Tristan, “This job has opened my eyes to the ways that we young people can shape the policies, and consequently, the future of our communities. I have reconnected with my culture in a way that I had never anticipated by learning more about our Tribes’ rights and responsibilities as sovereign nations of the Tongass.”
Contact Tristan at [email protected].