Published on December 11, 2013 by Amy
The Native Village of Eyak is a federally recognized tribe with 515 enrolled members. Cordova is a small fishing community located on the eastern Gulf of Alaska at the boundary between the major ecosystems of Prince William Sound and the Copper River Delta. The external boundaries of the jurisdiction of the Village is around the external boundaries of ANCSA selected land and extends from the coastline 200 miles seaward on the outer continental shelf. The southern boundary is the border between the Chugach Region and the Sealaska Region, the eastern boundary is the Chugach/Ahtna border and the northern boundary is the location of lands selected by the Tatitlek Corporation and the western boundary is 200 miles to seaward on the outer continental shelf. The organization of the Native Village of Eyak is a team based flat organization style. Council and member involvement in decision-making is strongly encouraged and facilitated by monthly meetings and frequent community gatherings. The Village is professionally managed by an executive director that works closely with the council. Currently there is a staff of eleven that are involved in all aspects of government and program functions.
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The Native Village of Eyak Tribal Council has a five member governing council that provides direction to the staff and represents the interest of the Village members who elect them. The members have an open election using secret ballots that elect council members. Elected council seats are on two-year term and terms are staggered. The president of the council is elected by the governing council annually. The president is heavily involved in the operation of the council. Ethnic, economic and geographic representation of the members is based on being elected by the Eyak, Aleut, Tlingit and other Alaska Native/American Indian descent members of the Native Village of Eyak.