The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska’s new policy defined marriage in its tribal courts as between two people, regardless of gender.
About a quarter of its nearly 30,000 members live in the Pacific Northwest.
President Richard Peterson said the council is exercising its governing authority to include more tribal members.
"It’s not just about the same-sex marriage and helping just one segment of our tribal citizens, but all of our tribal citizens," Peterson said.
At least one party in a couple must be a tribal member. The directive also covered divorces.
Washington’s Colville Tribal Council and Puyallup Tribe of Indians are among Native governments already recognizing gay marriages.
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