About a dozen people from Kodiak were in Portland, Oregon, last week for the National Congress of American Indians’ 68th annual convention. NCAI brings together the nation’s tribes and affiliated organizations to advocate for indigenous rights and tribal sovereignty.
KMXT’s Jennifer Canfield spoke with Denise May who attended the convention last week and says several items on the agenda were of importance to Kodiak-area tribal members. One topic that has been on the NCAI agenda before was the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and how to remedy what some see as negative affects it has had on Alaska Natives.
May is the village representative to the Alaska Federation of Natives for Kodiak Island. AFN is closely aligned with NCAI. May is also on the board of directors for the Afognak Native Corporation and a member of the Native Village of Port Lions Traditional Tribal Council.