November 2, 2020
Honoring Ethel Lund
The Alaska Native Sisterhood (ANS) and Alaska Native Brotherhood (ANB) are both over 100 years old. These
organizations have worked to advance conversations and action on issues such as racism, subsistence, land rights, and
education. Their members support community practices and government policies that support Native issues
and health. ANS has more than 20 local camps, mostly in Southeast Alaska but also in Anchorage, Seattle and Portland.
Local camps elect Grand (state) Officers at the fall convention or Grand Camp. These officers plus the
ANS former Grand Presidents serve as the ANS Executive Committee which is in charge between conventions. All mourned the 2020
of our Grand President Emeritus Mary E. Jones who had previously served as Grand Secretary and was
elected Grand President in 1984. ANS is honored to announce that Ethel Lund has been elected our new ANS Grand President Emeritus. " This honor was conferred upon her for rendering distinguished service in her
leadership roles as a ANS Officer and her significant contributions to the betterment of her people throughout her life”.
Sister Ethel's Tlingit name is Aanwoogeex', signifying "The Raven as he walked about when creating the earth”. She was born to Carl Lund of Sweden and Martha
Ukas of Wrangell. Sister Ethel is an ANS Life member of Camp 70 in Juneau
where she was President in the late 1960s. Ethel later served as ANS Grand
Secretary and ANS Grand President.
As a young woman, Ethel had wanted to become a nurse but contracted TB in
her first year of nursing school at Portland, so she took courses in medical
terminology. Years later she was essential in founding Southeast Alaska Regional
Health Consortium (SEARHC) and led that organization successfully from 1977
to 2000. According to Gumboot Determination, Ethel was the personification of
that quality, rallying “the little old ladies from the villages” to form a health
organization free from the Indian Health Service and Tlingit and Haida political
upheavals. When negotiations concluded in 1985, the result was hailed as “the
largest, most important transfer of responsibility from the federal government
to a Native American organization in the history of the United States”. SEARHC
gave Ethel her first title as President Emeritus. One of her many other
accomplishments was as a founder and board member of the regional Sealaska
Corporation. The Alaska Native Sisterhood Executive Committee invites the community to
send handwritten cards of congratulations, to the Sitka Pioneer Home, 120
Katlian Street, Sitka, Alaska 99835.
***Please direct questions to Anne Fuller in Juneau 586-4422 ****