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An Alaska Native Men’s Dialogue

October 27, 2010

We know that we cannot achieve Restoration to Health in our Tribal Villages without positively engaging our men. On January 12, 2011, Cook Inlet Tribal Council and Chugachmiut will be sponsoring a dialogue on the role of Alaska Native men in our community. We will be holding that dialogue at the Cook Inlet Tribal Council Conference Center from 9 am to 5 pm.

Alaska Native men face significant problems as a whole. However, we have very successful leaders, business men, fathers and volunteers among us. I believe we should meet and try to define a way for us to positively influence the world we live in.

My inspiration for this Dialogue comes from a very successful effort in the Black community titled “100 Black Men.” I first became aware of this organization when I read about their successful effort to mentor Black boys in Fort Lauderdale, FL. After doing some research, I found the organization was actually close to 50 years old, and presented some positive attributes to model. Here is the official description of the organization from their web site: www.100blackmen.org

“The overall concept of the 100 began in New York in 1963 when a group of concerned African American men began to meet to explore ways of improving conditions in their community. The group eventually adopted the name, “100 Black Men, Inc.” as a sign of solidarity. These men envisioned an organization that would implement programs designed to improve the quality of life for African Americans and other minorities. They also wished to ensure the future of their communities by aiming an intense number of resources toward youth development. These members were successful black men from various walks of life. These visionaries were business and industry leaders such as David Dinkins, Robert Mangum, Dr. William Hayling, Nathaniel Goldston III, Livingston Wingate, Andrew Hatcher, and Jackie Robinson.”

Here are their Mission/Vision/Values:

MISSION

The mission of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. is to improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans.

VISION

100 Black Men of America, Inc. seeks to serve as a beacon of leadership by utilizing our diverse talents to create environments where our children are motivated to achieve, and to empower our people to become self-sufficient shareholders in the economic and social fabric of the communities we serve.

VALUES

100 Black Men of America, Inc. is committed to the intellectual development of youth and the economic empowerment of the African American community based on the following precepts: respect for family, spirituality, justice, and integrity.

As we approach the date for the dialogue, I will be sharing more about the goals of the dialogue.

 

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