ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Tribal organizations in Sitka have decided to ban smoking in their buildings.
Sitka Tribe of Alaska and Alaska Native Brotherhood/Alaska Native Sisterhood voted for a smoking ban because of concerns for tribal members' health, said Isabella Brady, president of Alaska Native Sisterhood.
The ban covers all four buildings of the tribal organizations and all activities within them, including bingo, culture classes, meetings and community gatherings.
The buildings are Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall, Sitka Tribe's main facility, Sitka Tribe healing house, and Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Community House.
The tribal organizations are working with the Partnership for a Tobacco-free Sitka, which is advocating for a local smoke-free ordinance covering public places and work sites.
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