Gwich'in tribal leaders rebuke Alaska's Rep. Don Young via Anchorage Daily News. “Mr. Young isn’t Gwich’in, and is in fact originally from California, not Alaska,” said the statement. “Having a Native spouse does not confer tribal membership, nor does it provide an inherent understanding of Native issues or a right to speak on behalf of tribes. Mr. Young is not an appointed member of the Gwich’in Steering Committee ..."