• Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska is pleased to announce the promotion of Helene Bennett to tribal operations and self governance manager. Bennett previously served as the executive assistant to Tlingit and Haida’s Chief Operating Officer Ken Truitt.
“I’m excited for Helene, Tlingit and Haida and our compact tribes,” said Truitt. “Through our community visits this past year, the need to re-establish Helene’s position became evident. She has been doing exceptional work with the compact and this promotion will allow her and Tlingit and Haida to devote more time to providing direct support to our compact tribes.”
In her new role, Bennett will provide administrative support to and oversight of the Tribe’s Bureau of Indian Affairs Self Governance programs, provide support to compact communities in compliance with applicable regulations and fiscal policies and oversee the day-to-day administrative functions of the Tribal Operations department. Bennett will also manage all facets of Tribal Assembly in collaboration with the Office of the President.
“I am honored and excited for this opportunity,” said Bennett. “I’ve had great mentors and those who continue to believe in me, and I hope to carry that forward and provide the best support to the tribe, Southeast communities and our tribal citizens.”
• Emme MacDonald of Juneau has been named to the dean’s list for the 2018 fall semester at the University of New England. Dean’s list students have attained a grade point average of 3.3 or better out of a possible 4.0 at the end of the semester.