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April 25, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From STA and SNEP
Sitka Tribe of Alaska (STA) along with the Sitka Native Education Program (SNEP) hosted a welcoming event on April 24, 2013 for reinstated Sitka National Historical Park (the Park) Superintendent Mary A. Miller. The welcome was staged in the theater of the Park.
Miller, a tribal citizen and native of Sitka, held the Sitka Park superintendent position previously, from 2008 to 2010. “We are proud of Mary’s accomplishments and willingness to stand up for all of us. Without her persistence, her return would not have been possible.” said Ted Wright, General Manager of Sitka Tribe in his welcoming remarks. Duck Didrickson, House Master of the Kiks.ádi Kaxátjaa Hít responded. He reminded all that the Park was Kiks.ádi land, and explained to Ms. Miller and to those gathered that the proceedings were a “transfer ceremony,” as she returns to her role as caretaker of the Park. Miller acknowledged the welcome stating that “The Park is a special place, and I am honored and humbled to resume my duties as caretaker.”
A multi-generational group of SNEP youth and adults celebrated the event with strong voices in Tlingit song and dance. SNEP preschool through high school culture class students also presented Miller with enormous hand-drawn “Welcome Back” cards illustrated with Park scenes.
In her closing thanks, Superintendent Miller invited all to return to the Park.
For more information contact:
Ted Wright STA General Manager at 747-7380, or
Nancy Douglas SSD/SNEP at 209-1565