Below is the testimony Laurie Wolf delivered on April 1, 2021, to the House Tribal Affairs Committee, chaired by Representative Tiffany Zulkosky:
For the record, I am Laurie Wolf, President/CEO of The Foraker Group, which serves as the state nonprofit association for Alaska and nonprofit capacity builder across the state. Today I am speaking to you from Dena’ina land. As the voice for the nonprofit sector, I appreciate the opportunity to speak before the committee in support of HB 123.
Foraker is honored to stand with Alaska’s indigenous people and all Alaska tribes. I am driven to be here today as I reflect and live our core values as an organization. Rather than just saying “Alaska” as our value, we specifically call out our value as Urban/Rural/Native/Non-Native to acknowledge the indigenous people of this place, the land where we live, and our commitment to serving nonprofits and tribes in urban and rural Alaska. It is from this core value that we begin our understanding every day and renew our commitment to live and be supportive of tribal governments and Alaska’s first people.
Over the last 20 years, we have been grateful for the opportunity to work side-by-side with tribes, most of which also have nonprofit status – their work is as diverse as the people and cultures they steward. In each instance, we endeavor to listen and learn from each and every partnership, and we are honored to share in return. The result is that we are all stronger and better able to serve the people of Alaska.
Foraker is proud to stand with the many voices you will hear from today in support of state tribal recognition.
Thank you for your service.
The hearing on HB 123 can be found here. Laurie’s testimony is delivered at approximately 1:01.
Information on the legislation is found here.