Our nine (9) member Traditional Council / Tribal Government, currently operates nine (9) departments: Accounting/Administration, Education, Environmental Stewardship, Facilities, Health & Social Services, Information & Technology, Justice, Language & Culture, and Transportation, to serve the needs of Tribal citizens and another estimated 2,373 Alaska Natives and Native American Peoples living in our service area, as well as the non-native community members living in Glacier View, Chickaloon, Sutton, Palmer, and Butte.
Gary Harrison, Traditional Chief and Chairman
Chief Gary was elected to the Traditional Council in 1984 and was named Traditional Chief in 1994. Chief Gary is the longest standing member of the Council. For the past 25 years Chief Gary has been an amazing and courageous leader. It is because of his foundational work on behalf of Chickaloon Native Village that we have come so far as a Tribal Government and that we are considered role models for other indigenous communities around the world. Chief has served on Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Tribal Justice Advisory Group, Office of Justice Programs, Justice Programs Council on Native American Affairs, Organization Of The American States, Arctic Athabascan Council, Indigenous Peoples Secretariat, Arctic Council, the Sovereignty Network, United Tribes of Alaska and the International Environmental Network. As a Council Member, Chief brings a passion and enthusiasm for promoting quality health services for all Alaska Natives, advocating for community and economic development projects that benefit the communities of Sutton and Chickaloon, and ensuring that our Tribal Government is recognized as a sovereign Nation.
Shawna Larson, Vice-Chairman
Shawna is the Administration Manager for Housing & Residential Life at the University of Arizona. She is Ahtna Athabascan from Chickaloon Village on her father’s side, and Supiaq from the Village of Port Graham on her mother’s side. Shawna’s previous experience includes spending 13 years with Environmental non-profits working on International and local human rights and environmental policies. She has served for over 10 years on the Chickaloon Village Traditional Council and was selected by the Utne Reader magazine as a young visionary. She has worked extensively in community organizing at a local, national and international level.
Doug Wade, Treasurer / Elder
Doug was seated on the Traditional Council in 2002 and was the Council Chairman 2004 – 2012. Doug is also a member of the Finance Committee. Doug leads with confidence, charisma, and a fantastic sense of humor. Doug spent much of his life working as an electrician on large and small projects and as a heavy equipment operator, experience that frequently sends the staff his way, when they are in need of advice on a construction/building project. Doug cares deeply for all the staff, Tribal and non-Tribal, and makes the time in his busy schedule to check in with all of them about their work on a regular basis. Doug has also been instrumental in helping to streamline council meetings so more work is accomplished in less time.
Philip Ling, Secretary / Member
Biography coming soon!
Cheryl Sherman / Member
Biography coming soon!