A great leader walks not in front but beside.
Chief Simeon Ezi (Busdut) and Family.
To work for the better good of our people.
To continue the teaching of values, culture and tradition that have been
our way of life for thousands of years. Only with knowledge can we
resist the efforts of those who would destroy us from without and from
We must give our young
people the knowledge of their heritage that they may take pride in who
they are and carry on the values that make the Alaska Native people
strong. Without this our people will disappear.
" Dena'ina "
We are The Original People
The Dena’ina (also Tanaina)
are an Alaska Native people, an extended tribe of American Indian
lineage. They are the original inhabitants of the south central Alaska
region ranging from Seldovia in the south to Talkeetna in the north,
Lime Village in the Northeast and Pedro Bay in the Southwest.
The name means "The people," and is related to the preferred
name for the Navajo people "Dene". The Dena'ina name for Cook Inlet is
Tikahtnu meaning "Big Water River" or Nuti meaning "Saltwater." The
Dena'ina are the only Athabascan group to live on saltwater and this
allowed them to have the most sedentary lifestyle of all Northern
"Dena'ina are very aware and live the impacts caused by the
westernization of Alaska.
There are many hurts and part of the impacts show up in the
statistics about our people.
You can find these statistics anywhere. ... They are the statistics
2004 Tribal Council treasurer
A few of those Statistics
Maria is the biological granddaughter of Chief
Walking Bill Ezi (William/English name) and the great granddaughter of
the honored Chief Simion Ezi (Busdut, Dena'ina name)
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