This is a letter of appointment that was sent to Kowa.ée by Commander Henry Glass.
Áak’w Bona Fide
Rockwell Alaska Territory
May 2nd, 1881
This paper is given to the Head Chief [Chief of Police] of the Auke Indians, “Klow-kek” [Kowa.ée] to show that he is entitled to respect from all Indians in the Auke-kwon Country. He is directed by me to keep order among the people of his tribe, to keep them from making hoo-chi-noo and to see that they keep at peace with the white men. As Klow-kek is representing me he must be obeyed by all Indians in his village. Anyone who will not obey his proper orders will be punished.
Photo Credit: Alaska State Library, Cowee-1, Alaska State Library Photo Collection
Kowa.ée was Raven of the L’eeneidi (Dog Salmon Clan) from the G̱aataa Hit (Trap House). He was the chief of police who kept order among the people in their territory.
Fran Houston, Áak’w Kwáan Tribal Spokesperson