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THE COMMISSION
The Commission is comprised of twelve Commissioners representing Southeast Alaska, Chugach region, Cook Inlet, Kodiak, Bristol Bay and member tribes from the Aleutians. Each Commissioner has been appointed by his/her region and/or member tribes within the region to represent Alaska Natives and member tribes.

TASSC COMMISSIONERS representing:

Aleutian/Pribilof member tribes:
Patty Lekanoff-Gregory, Treasurer
Vacant

Bristol Bay Region :
Patrick Kosbruk
Helen Aderman, Secretary

Kodiak Region:
Margaret Roberts, Chair
Jeff Peterson


Cook Inlet Region:

Lillian Elvsaas
John Crawford

Chugach Region:
Patrick Norman, Vice-Chair
Mark King

Southeast Region:
Gloria Frank

George Ramos
   
Aleutian/Pribilof member tribes:
Patty Lekanoff-Gregory, Treasurer
Patty Lekanoff-Gregory was born and raised in Unalaska, when Alaska was still a territory. She is the daughter of Nicholai S. Lekanoff, originally from the now abandoned village of Makushin, and her late mother Polly (Kudrin) Lekanoff, originally from the abandoned village of Kashega, both villages on Unalaska Island. She has been married to the same man for 28 years, and they have two children, a daughter who is 18, and their son who is 21 years old. Lekanoff-Gregory has been on many boards, commissions and advisory boards including her tribal council and is presently on her village corporation. Lekanoff-Gregory was appointed to TASSC by the Aleut region non-profit, Aleutian/Pribilof Islands Association, Inc. (A/PIA).

Patty graduated in May 2006 with an A.A.S. in Tribal Management and will continue on to receive her B.A. in Rural Development, with the emphasis on Tribal and Local Government Administration. She also taught Aleut Culture and Crafts to the students in K-12 in the Unalaska City School District and is still teaching at the local University of Alaska Fairbanks branch. Patty also travels throughout the state to teach the almost-lost art of Aleut Bentwood hat and visor making. She is also the owner/operator of the first tour company in Unalaska, A.L.E.U.T. Tours. This is the 12th year A.L.E.U.T. Tours has provided service in Unalaska.

   
 

Vacant

   
Bristol Bay Region:
  Patrick Kosbruk
Bio and picture coming soon!
   
TASSC: Helen Chythlook, BB Commissioner

Helen Chythlook Aderman, Secretary
Helen Marie Chythlook Aderman’s Yupik Eskimo name is “Keggnarlluq”.  She was born in Togiak, Alaska to her deceased parents, Tom (“Tsaigluk”) and Naomi (“Amagsulle”) Chythlook of Aleknagik, Alaska.She is an enrolled as a tribal member with the Aleknagik Traditional Council. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Rural Development, with a Land Planning emphasis major in 1989 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  

She started working with the Bristol Bay Native Association’s Natural Resource Department in the Marine Mammal Program in January 2001.  Although she is not a biologist, she has been learning ‘hands-on’ in working with marine mammal research projects.  Helen also works for the Qayassiq Walrus Commission (QWC) who cooperatively signed a Round Island Cooperative Agreement in 1995 for the Qayassiq Walrus Commission to co-manage the State Game Sanctuary Round (Qayassiq) Island annual subsistence walrus hunt for eight Qayassiq Walrus Commission villages in Bristol Bay, Alaska area.  She also works for the Bristol Bay Marine Mammal Council (BBMMC) which was formed in 1995 by the 32 member tribes of the Bristol Bay Native Association (BBNA).  In 2003, she was selected by the BBNA full board to participate on the Alaska Native Harbor Commission board on behalf of Bristol Bay residents, and has worked with them to conduct harbor seal biosample trainings for Bristol Bay hunters since 2001.

She is also serving on: The North Pacific Research Board Advisory Panel (May 2008 to present; Alternate board, IPCoMM; TASSC Board Secretary (Fall 2008 to present); University of Alaska-Fairbanks: Bristol Bay Campus Advisory Board representing Nushagak communities (Fall 2007 to present); Alternate Eskimo Walrus Commission member; Alternate Indigeous People's Council on Marine Mammals representative.

She reports that sea otters are of a concern to Bristol Bay and Alaska Peninsula residents.  For the past 5 years, sea otters have ‘transplanted’ themselves to the Port Heiden area from the Chigniks resulting in overpopulation of sea otters.  The sea otters have consumed the Port Heiden clambeds, mussels and the residents are concerned there will be no more clams,mussels, and shellfish for traditional harvesting activities.  There is a concern of the recent USFWS’s sea otter critical habitat designation in the Southwest Alaska and Southern Alaska Peninsula in Bristol Bay.  There is a need for better communication with the USFWS and timing of public comments need to be done when the Bristol Bay and Alaska Peninsula resident’s aren’t busy with seasonal commercial fishing and traditional subsistence harvest activities which usually occurs March to end of September of each year.

   
Kodiak Region:
(c) TASSC
Margaret Roberts, Chair
Margaret L. Roberts is a Tribal Consultant who has been involved with the tribal self-determination, health and cultural revitalization for over three decades.

She served thirteen years as the President of the Shoonaq’ Tribe of Kodiak (Kodiak Tribal Council), where she secured funding and implemented Bureau of Indian Affairs programs. She was the founder of the Kodiak Alutiiq Dancers. She was instrumental in and is responsible for gaining federal recognition for Kodiak. She is currently serving on the Woody Island Tribal Council and is the Secretary for the Tribe.

Margaret is a member of the Kodiak Area Native Association, where she has served as both Chair and Treasurer, and Vice-Chair for the Alutiiq Museum Board. She served on KANA’s Health Committee for fifteen years and on the Alaska Native Health Board for fourteen years. She has testified before Congress on numerous occasions with the betterment of all Alaskan Native peoples health care, including gaining funding for the Alaska Native Medical Center, which is owned by all Alaska Natives under the Tribal Health Consortium.

Margaret was a co-founder of the Alaska Sea Otter Commission (now TASSC) and currently serves as chairperson. Margaret also represented TASSC on the Sea Otter Recovery Team and IPCOMM.

She also co-founded the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council. She served on the Governor’s State/Tribal Negotiating team as one of Kodiak region’s four representatives. She served as one of twenty-six nationwide on the Indian Self-Determination National Rulemaking Committee.

Margaret is the daughter of Ronald Fadaoff and the late Martha Dunlap (Patarochin). Her grandfather was Speridon Patarochin who was an avid sea otter hunter from Kodiak. Margaret was born and raised in Kodiak where she has lived all her life. She and her husband Gary have four children, and six grandchildren. Margaret graduated from Kodiak High School, and has continuing education including studying Federal Indian Law.

   
Jeff Peterson
Jeff Peterson was born 7 days before the 1964 earthquake and tsunami in Old Harbor, Kodiak. With his parents, Martha (Inga) Peterson and Victor (Kaguyak) Peterson, Jeff began commercial fishing as a child. Following advice from his dad not to become a commercial fisherman, Jeff joined the Marine Corps as a Military Policeman in 1983 with the hopes that he would return to Old Harbor and protect the “local” fishermen as a Game Warden for the State Troopers. Living in Old Harbor, Jeff had noticed that boats from Oregon and Washington would come to Kodiak Island with drugs and alcohol and act unruly towards the locals. With no recruitment in the state for Troopers, Jeff became a VPSO (Village Public Safety Officer) in Old Harbor. While working as a VPSO, Jeff became involved in local and state politics and had the opportunity to travel to statewide meetings and hear of similar problems occurring in other communities, such as interior communities feeling the pressure of outside hunters and Southeast communities not wanting cruise ships tying up at their docks. With these concerns in mind, Jeff took the “Adapt and Overcome” approach he had learned from the Marine Corps and began controlling tourism locally by becoming the first US Coast Guard licensed skipper and hunting guide in Old Harbor.

Since then, Jeff has encouraged others to own and operate their own businesses with respect towards Alaska Native subsistence hunting and fishing practices. Jeff has owned and operated Kodiak Combos/Peterson's Adventures since 1987 with the help of his father, mother (deceased), spouse, brothers, sisters, children, Old Harbor Village, as well as businesses like Wells Fargo, ERA Aviation, Cabela’s, Fish Alaska Magazine, and the Oceanview Lodge. Kodiak Combos offers the unique opportunity to combine world-class Sitka Blacktail deer hunting with halibut fishing, sea duck hunting or king salmon fishing. Jeff operates these trips out of a fully-equipped 26 foot SeaSport, The Refuge Rock, set up for fishing success in Alaskan waters. Some of Jeff’s clients have included ESPN Outdoors, North American Hunter Magazine, and Western Outdoors. Kodiak Combos has also been featured in Outdoor Life, Peterson’s Hunting, NRA’s American Hunter, Greatest Waterfowling Lodges and Guides, Fish Alaska Magazine, Western Outdoors Magazine, and Waterfowl Magazine. In 2001, Jeff’s business was awarded Halibut Guide of the Year by halibut.net. Cabela’s Outfitter Television Journal will air a show in February 2006 depicting Kodiak Combos halibut and King salmon fishing trips. Jeff is active on the Old Harbor Native Corporation, Cape Barnabas and is an active Commissioner for the Alaska Sea Otter and Steller Sea Lion Commission.

   
Cook Inlet Region:
  Lillian Elvsaas
Bio and picture coming soon!
   
John Crawford
John L. Crawford was born in McGrath, Alaska in 1936. Now retired, John has been a commercial salmon seiner for more than forty years and is also a heavy-equipment operator. He has put many years into public service. He was a Kenai Peninsula Borough Assemblyman for twelve years. John was a Seldovia City Council member for eight years, and has also served as Co-Chair of the Alaska Coastal Policy Council for eleven years.

Married, with five children, seventeen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, John is enjoying retirement in Seldovia, and traveling.

John has been a Director on the Board of Seldovia Native Association, Inc. since 1974, and a member of Seldovia Village Tribal Council since its inception. He presently still serves in these positions, and also is a Council member of Cook Inlet Tribal Council, and Alaska Village Initiatives.

   
Chugach Region:
Patrick Norman, Vice-Chair
Patrick Norman has worked on behalf of his village, Port Graham, since 1980, serving 14 years as Second Chief and was elected Chief in 2002. As Chief of Port Graham Village Council, he is responsible for the implementation of the council’s goals and directions. Patrick has also been employed as President of Port Graham Corporation, where he was responsible for the operation of corporation business activities, timber and fuel sales, store operations, tourism lodge leasing, cannery lease, land use planning and the management of 113,000 acres of land. Patrick’s past employment has also included Captain of a commercial fishing vessel from 1979 to 1991 and Crew Foreman for the Alyeska Pipeline in Valdez.

Besides serving as Vice-Chair for The Alaska Sea Otter and Steller Sea Lion Commission, Patrick is also Vice-Chair of his Regional Housing Corporation, Chairman for Chugach Regional Resources Commission, and serves on the Alaska Native Subsistence Halibut Working Group. He also serves as TASSC's primary representatvie to the Indigeous People's Council on Marine Mammals.

Over the years, Patrick has attended workshops in grant writing and administration, land management, strategic planning, supervisory and personnel management to better the lives of his people.

   

Mark King
Mark King is the son of Betty Marie McCallum King from Unga and James Edward King from Oklahoma. He has one brother and one sister. He is married to Sandra Dale King, and they have one daughter and two sons and two grandsons.

Mark is a self motivated Commercial Fisherman who has lived in Cordova/Eyak all of his life. Since his early teens he has participated in the commercial fisheries of herring, halibut, Black cod, salmon and crab. Protection of his traditional homeland is as natural as breathing and is the impetus behind the projects he has been involved with. He was Native Village of Eyak’s Marine Mammal Coordinator and he helped develop Eyak Marine Mammal Management Plan.

Mark has served to protect and advocate for subsistence rights in the area of marine mammals and wildlife for both native and non-natives. He is serving his fifth term on the Native Village of Eyak Council and is their elected President, he was on the Local State Fish and Game Advisory Board for twenty years, he was on Cordova Local Fisherman Union for two terms, he is currently a Commissioner on the Alaska Sea Otter and Steller Sea Lion Commission since 1995 and he is also on the Alyeska SERVS Program for fisherman’s response to oil spill clean-up.

   
Southeast Region:
 

Gloria Frank
Gloria Frank is from Hydaburg, Alaska on Prince of Wales Island and is actively involved with marine mammal subsistence and environmental conservation around Hydaburg and surrounding waters.

She is currently working for the Hydaburg Cooperative Association (HCA) in their Environmental office. Monitoring marine mammals is one of her duties at HCA and she has served as a sea otter tagger for many years. She was also trained in the Sea Otter Biosampling Program and coordinated and oversaw two years of skiff surveys of sea otters in the waters around her community.

   

 

George Ramos
Bio coming soon!
 
Updated 4 April 2009

 

       

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