Lee and Louise Kadinger, Champions Among Us

“Family are those in your life who want you in theirs, who accept you for who you are, and who love you no matter what. To us, being family means being loved forever.” ---Louise and Lee Kadinger

Sharing what you have is fundamental in Tlingit culture. It’s a core value that Louise and Lee Kadinger live every day. A Tlingit from Hoonah, Louise was raising four children when she met and married Lee. Louise and Lee became foster parents, offering a loving home to ten foster children over the years. They adopted three of them.

Louise and Lee’s children are immersed in their Tlingit culture and traditions, from traditional singing and dancing to hunting and fishing. They share their subsistence foods and work together to prepare them. To the Kadingers, “family” means, “love.” Louise and Lee Kadinger are champions among us.