Tlingit Tribal Elder Joe Williams Shares a History of Culture & Travel
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Joe Williams is a respected Tlingit tribal elder and tribal brother of host Dan Blanchard. He leads by example throughout the community and has a wealth of knowledge of his local community and history. Once the Mayor of Ketchikan and Saxman, Joe has been involved with the communities and Native tribes for most of his life. He was also the first Tlingit to be elected Ketchikan’s mayor. He runs a well sought after local business teaching others about the local history and Tlingit culture.  During his career, he has brought people and organizations together for the betterment of communities and helped raise money to invest in the Native communities and their people.  Hear what's next for Joe, the community, and share travel stories. 

I’ve known Joe Williams, Ka Xesh X’e, the former mayor of Ketchikan and current mayor of Saxman Village, since 1988. We’ve worked together for many years, and our friendship developed over a long period. He came to visit me one day in Seattle and asked what I was doing on May 11 and could I come to Ketchikan. He wanted to adopt me into the tribe as his brother. This was a special moment in my personal life. - Dan Blanchard

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