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1st Vice President - Profile

Robert (Rob) A. Sanderson, Jr. (Gu’usuwaa) is Haida of the Eagle moiety, Stuts Clan. He was born in Ketchikan, Alaska to Romay D. (Edenshaw) Sanderson and Robert A. Sanderson, Sr. and was raised in Hydaburg, Alaska. His maternal grandparents are the late James and Bertha (Lee) Edenshaw; paternal grandparents are the late Edward and Helen B. Sanderson; and biological paternal grandfather is the late Robert A. Cogo, Sr.

In April 2016, Rob was elected 1st Vice President on Central Council’s Executive Council; he is currently serving his fifth term. Rob has been a Delegate since 2000. He has been a strong leader on important Alaska Native issues such as suicide prevention, fisheries, subsistence (our way of life), and transboundary mining. He represents the Tribe on the GOAC3 (Gulf of Alaska Coastal Communities Coalition), IPCoMM (Indigenous People’s Council for Marine Mammals), USFS (United States Forest Service) Alaska Tribal Leaders Committee, United Tribal Transboundary Mining Work Group as co-chair, Alaska Native Harbor Seal Commission, Region 10 Tribal Leaders Summit Committee, National Congress of American Indians Alternate Area Vice President, and Statewide Suicide Prevention Council. He also participates on the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council and is a member of the Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 14.

Rob has also served on the KIC (Ketchikan Indian Community) Tribal Council, KIC Enrollment Committee, KIC Housing Authority Board of Directors, Tongass Futures Roundtable, Southeast Alaska Chinook Mitigation Program Stakeholder Panel, the AITC (Alaska Inter-Tribal Council), and AFN (Alaska Federation of Natives) Board of Directors as representative for Southeast Alaska village tribes and corporations.

Rob worked as a longshoreman for 17 years, is a lifelong fisherman, and enjoys playing basketball, fishing, and working with children and elders. In addition to serving our people, he strives to be the best parent possible for his sons Keenan (a student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences) and Luke.

“It is an honor and a privilege to serve my people and I will continue to work hard to protect our way of life as well as promote health and wellness for our communities and tribal citizens.”

“We did not inherit this land from our ancestors, nor did we inherit it from our grandparents, we borrowed it from our children in hopes of returning it better than we received it.”

 –Robert A. Sanderson, Jr.