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2nd Vice President - Profile

EC Report 12.29.16

Will Micklin is the son of Michael and Barbara Micklin (Aaneisu). His Tlingit name is Yaan Yaan Eesh and he is Shangukeídi (Wolf People) Teikweidi Tribe, Kaats Hit, Tantakwaan (Tongass kwaan), Dleit Kaa Yadi, Ganax.adi duchxaan. Will’s Tlingit grandparents, uncles and aunts were born at Old Tongass or at fish camp, and his maternal great uncles and aunties lived in Ketchikan, Craig, Hydaburg and Wrangell.


Will is the CEO for the Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians, a position he has held since 1995. He has served as Executive Director of the state-wide, nonprofit, inter-tribal association of federally recognized tribes in the state of California since 2008. Will's service to the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Central Council) includes:

  • 2nd Vice President (since 2016)
  • 1st Vice President (2010-2016)
  • Delegate to the Tribal Assembly (since 1994)
  • Board Member, Tlingit & Haida Tribal Business Corporation (THTBC)
  • Finance Committee
  • 5th Vice President (2008-2010)

Will is appointed to tribal advisory committees by the Department of Energy (Indian Country Energy & Infrastructure Workgroup), Internal Revenue Service (Advisory Committee for Tax Exempt and Government Entities), Department of Interior Self-Governance Advisory Committee, and the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee.


Will founded Native American Investments, Inc. in 1992, and his prior work was as in the field of telecommunications and taxation.  He graduated from the University of Washington with a Baccalaureate of Arts in 1982.


On the Executive Council, Will serves as 2nd Vice President and represents the Tribe when called upon, and provides leadership in the areas of self-governance, trust lands, political relations with the White House, administration and Congress, taxation, business development, and law and the courts.


Will’s wife is Linda who was adopted as Kaan Shaa Wu by Cyril George of the Deisheetaan Tribe of Basket Bay in Angoon of the Arched Rock House. Will and Linda have two children and two grandchildren.


“Everything and everyone was treated with respect.” -- Yaan di yaan’ eesh, Olaf Abraham, “The Life and Stories of Olaf Abraham” recorded by George Ramos Sr., edited by Elaine Abraham, 1964.