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Central Council for the Tlingit and Haida Indians of Alaska Records

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

CCTHITA correspondence, reports, and a prominent amount of minutes and financial statements, 1935-1983.

Legal papers: constitutions and bylaws, various acts; Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority (THRHA) correspondence, papers, and documents, 1935-1983.

Indian Reorganization Act (I.R.A) Councils and Associations of various tribes, their constitutions, correspondence, and papers, 1938-1983.

Correspondence, reports, minutes, budgets of CCTHITA, THRHA, and Man Power Division; papers about Indian Judgment Funds Act, 1935-1981.

Addendum Papers; correspondence and files, 1959-1980s.

Documents Concerning the Tlingit Haida Central Council and Health Care Issues, Tribal Recognition, Miscellaneous Files, 1987-1995

Tribal Self-Governance, General Assembly Minutes, Miscellaneous Files, 1993-1994

Fall 1994 Self Governance Meeting, Materials Relating to a Meeting of the Southeast Native Subsistence Commission and Tribal Listening Conference, 1994.



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Central Council for the Tlingit and Haida Indians of Alaska Records, 1935-1983 | Sealaska Heritage Institute Archives

By Whitney Schaeler, Intern

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Collection Overview

Title: Central Council for the Tlingit and Haida Indians of Alaska Records, 1935-1983Add to your cart.

ID: MS/016

Primary Creator: Central Council for the Tlingit and Haida Indians of Alaska

Extent: 8.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 00/00/1982

Subjects: Haida Indians--History., Tlingit Indians--History.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains a wide range records associated with the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (CCTHITA) and the numerous committees, organizations, and Alaska Native villages associated with it spanning from 1935 to 1986, the bulk from 1965 to 1980. This includes meeting minutes, reports, subject files, and correspondence between the Central Council and an assortment of organizations from Southeast Alaska and wider Alaska. The collection also includes articles, governmental papers, and financial statements concerning CCTHITA. Materials have been organized topically.

Boxes 1, 2, 3, & 5 contain primarily the working files of CCTHITA, with Box 4 containing oversized materials, all of which contain correspondence, meeting minutes, and other materials. Box 5 was added to the collection as an addendum after its initial processing. Of special interest are the contents of Box 1, Fd 14, which contains the meeting minutes from delegates of Tlingit and Haida to organize under HR 2756, for a land suit, 1935-1936. Boxes 3 and 5 consist of organizational files kept by CCTHITA, and contains documents relating to CCTHITA’s interactions with various Southeast Alaska organizations, some of which include the Chilkat Indian Association, the Klawock Cooperative Association, the Wrangell Cooperative Association, papers concerning the Organized Village of Saxman, Metlakatla Indian Community, and a host of other entities.

Boxes 6, 7 and 8 contain information pertaining to issues concerning tribal health care systems that the CCTHITA was involved in, as well as information about other causes the organization championed, including subsistence rights, intertribal cooperation, and strong tribal governments recognized by the federal government.

Biographical Note

In 1929, at a convention in Haines the Alaska Native Brotherhood (ANB) passed a resolution to sue the United States government for the creation of the Tongass Nation Forest and the Glacier Bay National Park without the permission of the indigenous people of Southeast Alaska. The suit was filed in the Federal Court of Claims and the ANB was later advised that only federally recognized tribes can sue the United States over aboriginal land claims. The ANB then petitioned the United States Congress to recognize the aboriginal people of Southeast Alaska as a tribe and on June 19, 1935, an act of Congress was passed to recognize the Tlingit and Haida people as a single tribe.

Note: In 1934, the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) was passed to set a standard for the federal government to recognize tribes in the Lower 48. The Alaska Native Brotherhood petitioned Congress to amend the IRA to apply to Alaska, and in 1936 the revision was made.

In 1975, the Indian Self-determination Act (PL 93-638) was passed requiring federal agencies, primarily the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), to contract with federally recognized tribes to manage programs that are intended to benefit Native Americans. In Alaska, the BIA adopted an “Order of Precedence” for recognizing tribes for the purpose of contracting:

Indian Reorganization Act tribes;

Traditional tribes;

Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act village corporations; and

Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act regional corporations.

In 1993, the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs in the Department of the Interior amended the list of federally recognized tribes that are posted in the Federal Register to include all tribes in Alaska. The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska was left off of the list and petitioned Congress to restore the tribe to the list. In 1994, the President of the United States signed into law an Act that not only restored Tlingit and Haida to the list but also required that the Department of the Interior must consult with Congress before removing any recognized tribe from the list published in the Federal Register.

Sources: Central Council website, accessed January 3, 2014: http://www.ccthita.org/

Subject/Index Terms

Haida Indians--History.
Tlingit Indians--History.

Administrative Information

Repository: Sealaska Heritage Institute Archives

Acquisition Source: Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indians of Alaska

Acquisition Method: The material in the collection was donated to SHI in 1982 by the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indians of Alaska. Accession number 1982.001.


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[Box 1: CCTHITA correspondence, reports, and a prominent amount of minutes and financial statements, 1935-1983.],
[Box 2: Legal papers: constitutions and bylaws, various acts; Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority (THRHA) correspondence, papers, and documents, 1935-1983.],
[Box 3: Indian Reorganization Act (I.R.A) Councils and Associations of various tribes, their constitutions, correspondence, and papers, 1938-1983.],
[Box 4: Correspondence, reports, minutes, budgets of CCTHITA, THRHA, and Man Power Division; papers about Indian Judgment Funds Act, 1935-1981.],
[Box 5: Addendum Papers; correspondence and files, 1959-1980s.],
[Box 6: Documents Concerning the Tlingit Haida Central Council and Health Care Issues, Tribal Recognition, Miscellaneous Files, 1987-1995],
[Box 7: Tribal Self-Governance, General Assembly Minutes, Miscellaneous Files, 1993-1994],
[Box 8: Fall 1994 Self Governance Meeting, Materials Relating to a Meeting of the Southeast Native Subsistence Commission and Tribal Listening Conference, 1994.],
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Box 3: Indian Reorganization Act (I.R.A) Councils and Associations of various tribes, their constitutions, correspondence, and papers, 1938-1983.Add to your cart.

Fd 1:    Klawock Cooperative Association: correspondence, constitution and bylaws, amendments, and minutes, 1971-1981.

            Fd 2:    Klawock I.R.A. correspondence and documents, 1976-1977.

            Fd 3:    Klawock correspondence, 1977-1978, 1980-1981. Constitution and bylaws, October 4, 1938. Meeting minutes, December 4, 1980.

            Fd 4:    Klawock: correspondence1966-1975, and Overall Economic Development Plan, 1975.

            Fd 5:    Chilkat Indian Association: constitution and bylaws. Correspondence on Klukwan school status, March 13, 1981; correspondence on Klukwan I.R.A. membership, May 1979.

            Fd 6:    Johnson vs. Chilkat Indian Village, 1978. Case concerning decision over Chilkat artifacts; the case was dismissed.

            Fd 7:    Petersburg I.R.A. Correspondence 1975-1981; resolution delegating Petersburg Indian Association authority to the Central Council March 20, 1978; grant application submitted September 29, 1976; meeting minutes                                    January 11, 1977.

            Fd 8:    Petersburg Indian Association constitution and bylaws March 22, 1948. Constitution of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon, 1979.

            Fd 9:    Organized Village of Saxman correspondence, 1958-1981.

            Fd 10:  Organized Village of Saxman correspondence, 1977-1981.

            Fd 11:  Sitka general correspondence, 1966-1980.

            Fd 12:  Sitka elections, May 27 and 30, 1969.

            Fd 13:  Sitka I.R.A. correspondence 1976-1979. “Taking of Sitka Indian Village Lands into Trust for Sitka Indian Community Housing Authority,” (2 copies).

            Fd 14:  Sitka Community Association, 1977-1978. Correspondence 1977-1978, grant application March 9, 1977; resolution July 17, 1979;

            Fd 15:  Wrangell Cooperation Association minutes, 1978-1982.

            Fd 16:  Wrangell Cooperation Association: Wrangell Rehabilitation Project March 1980; Housing Renovation Pre-application Submitted to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, November 15, 1979; correspondence                          1979-1980.

            Fd 17:  Wrangell general correspondence, 1949-1981.

            Fd 18:  Wrangell I.R.A. correspondence 1976-1980.

            Fd 19:  Wrangell Cooperative Association 1977-1980.

            Fd 20:  Yak-Tat-Kwaan Village Corporation correspondence, meeting minutes, and documents, 1977-1981.

            Fd 21:  Yak-Tat-Kwaan I.R.A. correspondence, 1948-1958

            Fd 22:  Pelican I.R.A. correspondence and documents, 1977-1981

            Fd 23:  Sealaska Corporation correspondence and documents, 1977-1981.

            Fd 24:  Douglas I.R.A. correspondence 1935-1978; Composite Indian Reorganization Act for Alaska, 1936; Village Organization Under the Indian Reorganization Act, August 8, 1949.

            Fd 25:  Juneau I.R.A. correspondence and documents 1976-1981.

            Fd 26:  Juneau Indian Village correspondence and documents 1974-1977.

            Fd 27:  Tenakee Springs Bathhouse Jurisdiction correspondence, 1926-1981.

            Fd 28:  Tenakee Springs general correspondence, 1976.

            Fd 29:  Metlakatla Indian Community: Plan for the Development and Management of Natural Resources, August 1, 1973; Census, May 1976; correspondence, 1963-1983.

Fd 30:  Metlakatla I.R.A. Application for Self-Determination Grant, August 9, 1976; application for Contracting of Natural Resources Program under Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, August 9, 1976; Social Service Contract Application, August 16, 1976. Paper listing officials and committees for 1972. Correspondence, 1976-1977.

Fd 31:  The Federation of Southeast Alaska IRA Councils meeting minutes: April  10, 1981 in Sitka, AK; March 21-22, 1980 in Sitka; March 15-17, 1979 in Wrangell, AK. Correspondence 1979. Constitution of the Ketchikan Indian Corporation, January 15, 1979. Bylaws of the Ketchikan Indian Corporation, January 15, 1979. Articles of Incorporation of Federation of Southeast Alaska I.R.A Councils, March 17, 1979.

            Fd 32:  “Services to the California, Washington and Anchorage Communities by the Central Council, “July 16, 1981. Constitution of the Oakland, California Community of Tlingit and Haida Indians. Correspondence, 1980-1982.

Fd 33:  Paper listing 1981 population figures for various Southeast communities. Paper listing statistics from 1980 for various Southeast communities. 1981 Resolution of the Tribal Governing Body of the: Native Village of Kasaan, Chilkat Indian Association, Hoonah Indian Association, Organized Village of Kake, Klawock Cooperative Association. Petersburg Indian Association, Organized Village of Saxman, Yak-Tat Kwaan, Inc., Wrangell Cooperative Association. Chilkat Indian Village, IRA of Hydaburg, and Skagway Traditional Village Council. Correspondence, 1981.

            Fd 34:  “Rules for the Election of Delegates to the Official Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska,” booklet, 1981.



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