2013 Tribal Council Members
Lee Stephan, President and Chair
Maria Coleman, Vice President
Teresa Stephan, Secretary
Aaron Leggett, Treasurer
Irene McMillen, Trustee
Kim Zello, Trustee
Lois Munson, Trustee
Tribes in Alaska have become known by their
primary village locations in federal legislation and formal agency documents.
We existed and governed ourselves long before discovery. We continue to
transition to the modern world while cherishing our ancestors, history,
traditions, and culture.
We lived in various places throughout the
year, before encroachment. Our laws were not written; they were passed down
generation to generation. Our very survival depended on the whole community
cooperating and following the nearly invisible, though well known,
Today, we operate under a constitution. The people have
entrusted their governing powers to the Tribal Council. While similar to the
United States, our branches of government are semi-separate. And, individuals
wear many hats.
Seven (7) Council
Members serve three (3) year staggered terms. Annual elections occur in the
winter. We have a Traditional Tribal Government, as in not formed under the
Five (5) traditional Rule Keepers,
(i.e. Tribal Judges) chosen by each prominent clan family. Chief Rule Keepers:
"Kla' ye clan", "Nulchina clan", "Chysi'ye clan", "Tulchina Clan"
Tribal Council President, Vice President,
Secretary, and Treasurer have duties outlined in our Constitutions. The
President is our primary contact for leader to leader communications with
governments and outside organizations.
The Tribal Administrator is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the
Tribal Office and branches. Through the use of written policies and directions
of the Traditional Tribal Council, the Tribal Administrator oversees all staff
which includes long-term employees, several seasonal employees, day labor, and
numerous consultants, and contractors
A nine (9) member board, includes the Tribal Council and appointed directors.
The purpose of the Gaming Authority is to develop the business capacity and
economic expertise of the Tribe and manage gaming enterprises and related
enterprises established pursuant to the Amended Tribal Gaming Ordinance.