Miller reinstated at National Historic Park

    Sitka, Alaska (KINY) Mary Miller, the Superintendent of Sitka National Historic Park, has been reinstated after a transfer to a job she didn't want.

    The US Interior Department settled with Miller after eight years of legal battles.

    The Obama Administration reassigned Miller to Anchorage as the Park Service Alaska Native Affairs Liaison and told her she would be fired if she did not accept the transfer         

    Miller filed several lawsuits, including a claim of racial and gender discrimination by the interior department

    The state's congressional delegation intervened, and interior secretary Ryan Zinke agreed to reinstate Miller as head of Sitka National Historic Park, the site of the last major battle between Tlingit people and Russian colonists in 1804.

    Sealaska Heritage Institute released a statement that applauded the move.  Miller, who earned a civil engineering degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and an executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington, is wholly qualified for the position and personally represents the history of the park as the Tlingit of the Shangukeidi clan with some Russian heritage, President Rosita Worl said.

    "She was a pivotal figure in our effort to form a mentor-apprentice team in Sitka in recent years to pass on the endangered knowledge of how to make traditional dugout canoes.  We are happy to have her back and know she will excel as Superintendent of the park, which is the ancestral homeland of the Sheet'kaKwaan," Worl added.

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