Kathy Hope Erickson has spent much of her career working behind the scenes for Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Administration. Now, she’s the first female chair of tribal council. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)

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Sixty-four-year-old Kathy Hope Erickson was nearing retirement, when she decided to run for Chair of Sitka Tribe of Alaskaand won. Erickson is the first woman to hold the position in recent memory and has a long family history with Sitka Tribe. She talks about her political roots, the tribe’s recent acquisition of money and land, and involving tribal citizens.