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Hope, Andrew Percy (1869-1968) | Sealaska Heritage Institute Archives

Name: Hope, Andrew Percy (1869-1968)

Historical Note:

Andrew Percy Hope (1869-1968) born in Killisnoo, Alaska, the son of Percy L. Hope and Mary Williams, and was a Tlingit Indian activist, community leader, tribal leader, and politician. He was of the Eagle moiety, Kaagwaantaan Clan, and of the Eagle Nest House. His Tlingit name was Kaa.oosti. After spending his early childhood in Killisnoo and Angoon, he moved to Sitka to study at the Sheldon Jackson School, and later studied carpentry and boatbuilding at the Cushman Indian School in Tacoma, Washington before obtaining his high school diploma. In 1912 Hope married Matilda ‘Tillie’ Howard (1896-1975) of Sitka, who bore Hope 14 children. Howard was a Raven of the Kiks.adi Clan, Point House.

Hope was one of the organizers of the Alaska Native Brotherhood (ANB) and Sisterhood (ANS), served as President of ANB Grand Camp for several terms (his first term began in 1922), and remained active in ANB affairs until his death. From 1924 to 1936 he served on the Sitka City Council, and from 1945 to 1953 and 1957 to 1963 Hope served in the Alaska Territorial House of Representatives and State Legislature. For twenty-six years (1940-1966), he served as the president of the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indians of Alaska, a federally recognized tribal government. He was also active in community affairs, serving as director of the Salvation Army in Sitka for thirty years, was a member of the National Congress of American Indians, and active in Alaska Federation of Natives. He died in Sitka in 1968.

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