More than 120 voting members attended the tribe’s Annual General Council Meeting on Oct. 3, electing three new members and reelecting two members to fill five open positions on the Executive Council.
Bernadine Atchison, Clinton Lageson and Wayne Wilson will serve two-year terms as new members. Liisia Blizzard and Audre Gifford will serve two- and one-year terms, respectively, as returning members. Those five join Rosalie A. Tepp and Jennifer Showalter Yeoman to round out the seven-member Council.
After the meeting, which was held at the Dena’ina Wellness Center, the new Council elected its officers as follows:
Chairperson, Rosalie A. Tepp
Vice Chairperson, Audre Gifford
Secretary, Liisia Blizzard
Treasurer, Clinton Lageson
Council member, Bernadine Atchison
Council member, Wayne Wilson
Council member, Jennifer Showalter Yeoman
Tribal leadership also offered reports highlighting the past year across the tribe.
Executive Director Jaylene Peterson-Nyren said the tribe is in a strong position financially, with its facilities and in many other areas as it continues to grow.
She said representatives from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust recently traveled from the Lower 48 to visit the Dena’ina Wellness Center, an indication that the tribe is being noticed not just locally but also beyond.
“It meant so much that 40 trustees from around the nation would come and see little old us,” Peterson-Nyren said. “Well it’s not little old us anymore … It is a tremendous honor to be a part of a team serving tribal members.”