The state has signed an agreement committing to develop a closer relationship with Tlingit and Haida tribes.
The Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/1tct5ZB) reports Gov. Sean Parnell on Monday signed the agreement with Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska President Richard Peterson.
The Juneau-based group is a tribal government that represents more than 29,000 Tlingit and Haida Indians in Alaska and elsewhere.
Peterson says it's important for the organization to have access to the governor's office for important decisions.
The state and the council agreed to improve existing relationships in family and social services, public safety and children's services.
The two sides say new partnerships could be created for economic development, education, energy, jobs, public safety, transportation and job training.
Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com