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I graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Criminal Justice and Minor in History.  I am Áak’w Kwáan and my Tlingit name is: Aan shaawaatki.  I am Yaxté Taan from the Yaxté Hít (the Big Dipper House).  I'm the daughter of Grace Canul and the granddaughter of Bessie Visaya and James Miller (Wooshkeetaan).  I have two daughters and one granddaughter.  Our family are also the great-great grandchildren of Chief Katlian of Sitka ( Kiks.ádi) who fought in the war of 1802 and again in 1804 against the Russians.  

I have extensive experience in accounting and started my own business as a Court Visitor for the Alaska Court System.  I also helped to start the Áak’w Kwáan non-profit to benefit the inherent, indigenous Áak’w Kwáan of the Juneau-Douglas territory.  Land of the Áak’w.  I'm also one of the the historians and a researcher of our history and business manager for the Áak’w Kwáan Coalition Council.

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