In late 2007 eight Tribes established the Bering Sea Elders Advisory Group. Thirty-nine Tribes are formal members by resolution. In 2011, the name was changed to Bering Sea Elders Group. Each participating Tribe designates an Elder and alternate to serve on the board of directors.
The Elders plan to meet in person every 12-18 months and in smaller regional gatherings to guide the work.
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The mission of the Bering Sea Elders Group is to bring together elders as one voice to protect our traditional ways of life, the ocean web of life that supports the resources we rely on, and our children’s future. As Elders, we are messengers to our children, our tribal councils and the people who make decisions that affect our marine resources, ecosystem and ways of life.
At the Bering Sea Elders Group Summit in November 2011, the elders passed a resolution defining the mission and focus of the organization. Click here to read the Resolution Expressing Our Mission.
Board of Directors
Executive Committee & Contacts
David Bill, Sr., Toksook Bay – Chair (907) 717-5860
David O. David, Kwigillingok – Vice Chair
Michael Hunt – Secretary
Dick Lincoln, Tununak – Treasurer
Charlie Saccheus, Elim – Bering Strait Region Representative
John Phillip, Kongiganak – Honorary Member
David Carl, Kipnuk - Sargent-At-Arms
* Note, the Elders Group will be adding members to the executive committee to have equal representation from the Yukon-Kuskowim and Bering Strait regions.
Fred Phillip, Executive Director – firstname.lastname@example.org; (907) 717-5299
Supporting Tribal Organizations:
• Association of Village Council Presidents
• Kawerak, Inc.
• Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association