This is from an eagle-eyed reader, who sees the potential for trouble for the Unity ticket regarding subsistence rights.
The Central Council of Tlingit-Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska — a Juneau-based organization known locally as Tlingit-Haida Central Council or, simply, Tlingit-Haida — has endorsed Bill Walker and Byron Mallott. (Read the press release here.)
This comes on the heels of Gov. Sean Parnell signing a Memorandum of Understanding last month with Tlingit-Haida Central Council on jobs, education, and job training. See the governor’s August 25, 2014, press release announcing the MOU here. Also see the KTOO and Juneau Empire stories about the event here and here.
The endorsement may be seen as a slap in the face to Parnell.
It also may not seem surprising because the organization was likely to support a fellow Tlingit, Byron Mallott. But how might this look to the Alaska Outdoor Council, Tea Party, Joe Miller supporters, Fairbanks residents, or other groups that vie with Native organizations on hot issues like a rural subsistence priority?
How might this help Bill Walker in one place but hurt him elsewhere?
That’s what is fascinating about the Bill Walker-Byron Mallott alliance: Support from one group may alienate another.
How does one build a constituency for a new entity like the Unity ticket?
What a tricky calculus.