Doloresa Cadiente-Hardin was born in Juneau, Alaska on January 6, 1947 and passed away in Seattle, Washington at the University of Washington Medical Center on December 5, 2011 at the age of 64, with family members by her side.
Doloresa was Teikweidi (Eagle/Brown Bear) clan and was given the name Gludus, carrying the name of her grandmother Annie George Hunter of the Xoots Hit, Brown Bear House of Angoon, and child of the L'eeneidi (Raven/Dog Salmon). She was raised in Juneau where she attended St. Ann's Parochial and Juneau-Douglas High School before receiving her GED. She attended Juneau Community College, University of Alaska Southeast, University of Oklahoma, and the National Judicial College. She retired from the State of Alaska Department of Public Safety and Juneau Superior Court System.
At the time of Doloresa's passing, she was Chief Justice of Tlingit and Haida Central Council and the President of the Juneau Tlingit & Haida Community Council.
Doloresa was a tireless servant, working for quality of life issues related to health, community, and social justice. She served previously as an Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp President and was an active member of Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp #2.
Doloresa received many awards and recognitions, including AWARE's Women of Distinction and the Juneau Lion's Club Walter Soboleff Award.
Doloresa championed raising awareness and providing services as a Certified Family Resource Specialist Parent Navigator and FASD Medical Transcription Specialist for the FASD Diagnostic Clinic, and a FASD 101 & 201 International Instructor; and Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Representative on the Southeast Alaska Family Evaluation, Child Advocacy Center (CAC), Multi-Disciplinary Team.
In her journey through life, she specialized in many areas, including: Special Court Jurisdiction, Court Management for Tribal Court Judges, Tribal Court Development, Juvenile Healing to Wellness, Court Planning, Case Management, Family Group, Medical Evaluation of Child Abuse, and Family Law & Child Sexual Abuse. Her mentor was the Honorable Judge Thomas Stewart.
She was a member of the Douglas Indian Association and the Indipino Community, a delegate of Juneau Tlingit & Haida Central Council, and shareholder of Sealaska Corporation and Goldbelt, Inc.
Doloresa believed that in order to build a strong community the community needs to work together with parents in the lead to provide protection and safety for children and to provide positive supports to strengthen families. "Neither can exist without the other. If our children and families are strong in body, mind and spirit, our families, clans and community will be strong."
Doloresa's favorite title was "Grandma." She loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed canoeing, reading and making regalia.
Doloresa was preceded in death by her infant son Martin Lee, father Andres Aquino Cadiente, Sr., nephew Charles Cadiente, uncle Rev. Dr. Walter Soboleff, Sr., and mother-in-law Fern Hardin.
Doloresa is survived by: her husband Vern Hardin, daughter Selena (Vaughn Chilton), son Ralph/Chico Jr.(Kerrie), grandchildren: Sabrina (Anthony Manacio IV), Gregory, Geoffrey, Aaron, Corrina (Matthew Austin), Jordan (Charles Reynolds), Kiara, and Kiana; and great-grandchildren: Alexzondro, Carson, Michael, Noah and Keaton; mother Irene Hunter Cadiente, brothers: Andres, Carlos, and Carling; sisters: Maxine (Bob Silva), Andrea (Clarence/Butch Laiti), Barbara (Norval Nelson Jr), Ronalda (Darrell Brown), and Genevieve (Steven Mack); and loving nieces: Carlejah, Celestina, Tamiko, Danielle, Christa, Andrea, Lei Lani, Cassandra, Dionne, Norene, Nemasia, Heather, Irene, Alisha, and DiAndrea; and nephews: Kino, Isaac, Maximino, John, Carling Jr., Norval III, Nicholas, and Christopher; along with numerous great-nieces and great-nephews, and many family members from Angoon, including Frank Jack, Sr. (Teikweidi Shaanux Hit Leader), Jennie Jim, Cyril George, Sr., Elsie Hughes, Mabel Jack, and Ethel Jack.
She is also survived by Sylvia and Florio DelaCruz on her father's side, and extended family members: Paula Bayou, Paula Cadiente, and Ralph Beierly, Sr.; and life-long friends Carmen Quinto-Plunkett, Frances Perkins, Joyce Kitka, and Alberta Aspen; and many more cherished friends who she greatly loved and who love her.
The family extends its love and appreciation to the many Brothers and Sisters and family advocates that continue to work tirelessly for our people.
Published by Juneau Empire from Dec. 14 to Dec. 21, 2011.