FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Hoping to rebuild ancient ties and protect tribal interests, an international Athabascan council has added nine new Alaska members.
The Arctic Athabaskan Council voted in members representing nine Alaska village councils on Wednesday in Fairbanks.
The Athabascan council was formed in June under a treaty agreement signed between four Alaska Native village governments and three Canada groups representing 60 tribes.
As of Wednesday, the village governments of Tetlin, Eagle, Dot Lake, Copper Center, Eklutna, Mentasta Lake, Nulato, Huslia and Galena join those from Chickaloon, Healy Lake, Northway and Stevens Village on the council. The council's Canadian groups are the Council of Yukon First Nations of Whitehorse, Yukon; and the Dene Nation, and Metis Nation, both of the Northwest Territories.
The Tanana Tribal Council joined last fall.
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