Tlingit & Haida Issues Public Closure Notice
JUNEAU, AK (March 17, 2020) – As a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of employees, citizens, clients and the general public , the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska’s (Tlingit & Haida) offices in Juneau, Alaska and all remote field offices will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020 and will remain in effect until further notice.

Although offices will be closed to visitors, Tlingit & Haida will continue to operate during normal business hours to ensure there are no interruptions to client services and that all support payments are processed in a timely manner. All clients will be informed of the following changes in protocol that will ensure services continue without in-person contact:

  • All elevators and entrances will be locked to reduce person-to-person contact with the public.
  • Relevant and necessary applications and forms will be placed in a convenient and accessible location for applicants/clients.
  • Applicants/clients will be instructed to submit applications, forms and paperwork via email or by utilizing the drop box at each of Tlingit & Haida’s office locations.
  • Hearings related to Tribal Court will be conducted telephonically and interactions with applicants/clients will be conducted electronically (i.e., telephone, video conference, email, text).

“At this time, Tlingit & Haida is focusing its efforts on the safety and welfare of our citizens, families and communities while still providing essential services ,” shared President Richard Chalyee É esh Peterson. “I want to thank our citizens in advance for their understanding as the Tribe implements measures to reduce the risk and prevent the spread of COVID-19 .”

All general inquiries should be directed to Tlingit & Haida’s main receptionist at 1.800.344.1432 or 463.7100. For a directory of all department contacts, visit Tlingit & Haida’s website .

Tlingit & Haida will continue to closely monitor the progression of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will inform tribal citizens and the general public on any further measures the Tribe implements following the guidance of public health experts. 

All tribal citizens are encouraged to stay informed by visiting the World Health Organization , CDC and Alaska State Infectious Disease Program .  


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