DOUGLAS INDIAN ASSOCIATION

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The Douglas Indian Association (DIA) is a federally recognized Tribe for the Tlingit People who come from Douglas Island, the Taku River, and Stephens Passage shorelines. Sometime in the 1880s, a tribal village was established in the vicinity of Sandy Beach on Douglas Island, and this became known as the Douglas Indian Village. When the Tribe registered their Constitution with the US Government in 1941, this was the tribal center of government and was also where they met as Camp 3 of the Alaska Native Brotherhood/Sisterhood. There are many exchanges in written record of the Tribal Leaders speaking to various government agencies, beginning in the 1800s. A census of the village, published in 1899, recorded the population of the village at 600.

Although the village was destroyed twice in fires (1926 & 1962), the area between the Mayflower School (built by the BIA for the village students) and Mayflower Island remains, today, as an area of considerable interest to the Tribe. This, of course, includes the site of the Douglas Boat Harbor.

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Douglas Indian Association (DIA), is the historical federally recognized Tribe of the Juneau, Douglas and Auke Bay region. While DIA also has members with other Alaska Native and American Indian lineage, it is primarily comprised of direct descendants of the Tribe’s original Base Roll membership originating from the T’aaḵu Kwáan and A’akw Kwáan clans which inhabited Anax YaatAndagan Yé (Douglas) and Dzantik’i Héeni (Juneau) since time immemorial. Some of the clans of DIA’s tribal territory are the Yanyeidí, Tsaateeneidí, Gaanaxádí, Ishkahittáan (T’aaku Kwáan), and L’eeneidí, Wooshkeetaan, L’uknax.adí (A’akw Kwáan).

DIA became a federally recognized tribe in 1934. Through the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) of 1971, the State of Alaska conveyed lands to Native corporations formed under ANCSA, but no lands were conveyed to the Tribe(s).

DIA’s traditional and historical territory encompasses the City and Borough of Juneau, as well as some areas to the east and north on Admiralty Island and the Chilkat Peninsula, to the south including Endicott Arm, and to the east into Canada in the areas of the Taku River and Atlin, B.C. The Douglas Indian Association is governed by 9 tribal council members.

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