Kodiak Native Community Gives Murkowski Unanimous Support
Anchorage, Alaska – Sept. 23, 2010 – At a meeting of Alaska Native corporations and tribal entities from the Kodiak region, the attendees announced unanimous support for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s write-in campaign. The decision followed a Region Roundtable forum organized by Koniag, Incorporated, the regional Native corporation for the Kodiak area.
“Senator Murkowski has always been a strong supporter of Native issues in Congress,” said Will Anderson, President and CEO of Koniag, Inc. “The Senator has been there when we needed help. Now, we will be there for her to help make history in Alaska. This is a pivotal time in our history and we need strong, proven leadership in the U.S. Senate. Lisa Murkowski delivers that experience.”
The Region Roundtable forums hosted by Koniag are held twice a year in an effort to bring together all of the Native organizations in the area – from the regional and village corporations to non-profit tribal entities. The unanimous vote to support Sen. Murkowski came in the forum held Sept. 17. Never before have the members demonstrated such strong solidarity about political leadership.
Members who attended the forum were from the following organizations:
· Afognak Native Corporation
· Native Village of Afognak
· Port Lions Traditional Tribal Council
· Old Harbor Native Corporation
· Old Harbor Tribal Council
· Woody Island Tribal Council
· Ouzinkie Native Corporation
· Ouzinkie Tribal Council
· Akhiok Kaguyak Corporation
· Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak
· Kodiak Area Native Association
“We are strong-minded individuals who don’t always agree, but on this issue we speak as one,” said Melissa Borton, the Tribal Administrator for the Native Village of Afognak. “Senator Murkowski knows the issues that are important for us as Native people and she has worked tirelessly on our behalf in Washington.”
Sen. Murkowski has been a leading voice in federal issues impacting rural Alaska such as resolving ongoing Native land disputes, low cost energy in rural Alaska, federal contracting under the SBA’s 8(a) program and improved health care and education in Alaska villages. In her position as ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and with eight years of seniority in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Murkowski’s influence on these key issues is growing.
“We know Lisa Murkowski as a friend and fighter on our behalf in Washington, D.C.,” said Anderson. “Like many Alaskans, she doesn’t care as much about the politics as she does about what’s best for Alaska. We’re excited that she has re-entered the race.”