The Arctic Athabaskan Council (AAC) is an international treaty organization established to defend the rights and further the interests internationally of American and Canadian Athabaskan member First Nation governments in the eight-nation Arctic Council and other international fora. AAC is an authorized “Permanent Participant” in the Arctic Council. In addition, AAC seeks to foster a greater understanding of the shared heritage of Athabaskan peoples of Arctic North America.

In 2000, founding members of the AAC represented approximately 32,000 indigenous peoples of Athabaskan descent at the time of signing the AAC treaty. At present, AAC members in Alaska (including fifteen traditional villages), Yukon (the Council of Yukon First Nations and the Kaska Tribal Council) and Northwest Territories (Dene Nation) span across 76 communities and represent approximately 45,000 people.

Raina Thiele represents Arctic Athabaskan Council in the AEC. Raina Thiele is the founder and principal consultant at Thiele Strategies LLC. The company provides a range of services including, high-level policy and federal budget strategy guidance to clients and manages and executes client Communications strategies. Thiele previously held the position as White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement Associate Director. She has a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Yale College.

Country: The United States of America

Permanent Participants, Legacy Member