- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has been adopted by a Southeast Alaska Native group.

According to a press release from his office, Walker was adopted into the Kaagwaantaan (COG’-won-tahn) clan last week during a meeting of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

Walker was given the name Gooch Waak (GOOCH’-walk), which means Wolf Eyes.

The Kaagwaantaan (COG’-won-tahn) clan originated in Sitka, and is the wolf clan and part of the eagle moiety.

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott is part of the raven moiety. In the release, Mallott said that he and Walker are now the equivalent of brothers-in-law through their clan relationship.

The adoption ceremony included Alaska Native dancing, in which Walker participated.


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