Exercising Tribal Powers

According to its constitution, CATG is “to conserve and protect tribal land and other resources; to encourage and support the exercise of tribal powers of self-government; to aid and support economic development; to promote the general welfare of each member tribe and its respective individual members; to preserve and maintain justice for all…”

The power would be in the tribes, which would decide for themselves where to pool their efforts, and where to act individually. They agreed to operate on a consensus basis, with each village, from tiny Birch Creek (population 30) to Fort Yukon (700) having one vote. If one village strenuously objected to any course of action, even though the others all voted in favor, that action would be dropped or tabled.