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Tlingit & Haida eNews 07.16.19
News in this Edition...
  • Tlingit & Haida Staff Meet with Chief Seattle Club
  • T&H Washington Chapter Annual Picnic
  • Executive Council Meeting Notice
  • Boys Run I Toowú Klatseen Salmon Run
  • Next Session for Fatherhood Is Sacred® Program
Tlingit & Haida Staff Meet with Chief Seattle Club
ʔALʔAL means “home” in Lushootseed, the language of the Coast Salish indigenous people of Washington’s Puget Sound region. For many of Tlingit & Haida’s struggling tribal citizens in the Seattle area, the Chief Seattle Club has been a home – a place where they know they can find refuge, rest, receive nourishment and will always feel welcome.

While visiting in the circle room of the Chief Seattle Club on July 12, 2019, Tlingit & Haida President Richard Chalyee Éesh Peterson and key staff learned from Program Manager Colleen Chalmers   ( Lakota) and Executive Assistant Samantha Biasca (Kaigani Haida / Tlingit / Inupiaq) that a majority of the membership of the Chief Seattle Club are of Tlingit and/or Haida descent.

“We are here to be a family and home for our people that might not have family or a home,” shared Colleen. “These are our people no matter what.”

Chief Seattle Club is a non-profit, community and day center located in the Pioneer Square district of downtown Seattle. The club was founded in 1970 to provide a place for urban American Indians and Alaska Natives to nurture, affirm and renew their spirit with the principle belief that our indigenous cultures, languages, and traditions are the primary source for healing and transformation.

Chief Seattle Club is the only organization to connect homeless and low-income Native people to distant reservations, cultures, languages, and even to relatives living in the downtown Seattle area. In addition to meeting the basic needs of food and housing, the club also provides access to quality nursing care, mental health providers, chemical dependency professionals, traditional healing practices, the Urban Indian Legal Clinic, a Native arts program and gallery, and frequent outings to tribes, pow wows, and museums.

Touring the facility revealed that over 90,000 meals are served every year and the club has expanded its services to weekends and provides a lunch in addition to breakfast. The club also housed 262 people through shelter referrals, rapid rehousing, eviction prevention, and family housing services - an 86% increase from last year.

During the visit, President Peterson also had the chance to visit with several tribal citizens who are current and former members of the Chief Seattle Club. Tribal citizens shared testimonies and expressed their desire for community, culture and training opportunities.

“My heart is just so full of thanks for the work of the Chief Seattle Club,” shared President Peterson. “Gunalchéesh, Háw’aa to them for meeting our people’s needs and for doing what we are not able to do from so far away. This is just the beginning of our partnership and commitment to support the work of the Chief Seattle Club and help bring more cultural programming to the club.”
T&H Washington Chapter Annual Picnic
President Peterson, 3rd Vice President Will Micklin and several staff attended the Tlingit & Haida Washington Chapter's annual picnic held at the Tukwila Community Center in Tukwila, Washington on July 13, 2019.

It was a beautiful day for the potluck-style picnic and to celebrate the Tlingit & Haida community in the Washington area. Tribal citizens attending the picnic received a welcome from President Peterson and were introduced to the Washington Tlingit & Haida Delegates and enjoyed their time visiting with friends and family, making new connections and watching the adults and youth compete in an eagle vs. raven tug-o-war, egg toss and coin toss.

To view the full gallery of photos from the picnic, click here .
Executive Council Meeting Notice
Date: July 18-19, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall • Juneau, AK

A meeting of Tlingit & Haida’s Executive Council will take place July 18-19, 2019 at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in Juneau, Alaska. Time has been set aside for public testimony at 9:30 AM on July 18, 2019. Delegates, community council members and tribal citizens are welcome to attend.

Click here for a copy of the draft agenda.
Boys Run I Toowú Klatseen Salmon Run
Date: July 20, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Riverbend Elementary School • Juneau, AK

Mark your calendars! The Boys Run I Toowú Klatseen is hosting a free community Salmon Run Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Riverbend Elementary. Everyone is welcome to participate!

Register for the event online by visiting the Facebook event page .

For more information, contact Josh Musson at 907.463.7358 or .
Next Session for Fatherhood Is Sacred® Program
Dates: Thursdays (Aug. 1 - Oct. 17, 2019)
Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Andrew Hope Building (2nd Floor) • Juneau, AK

There is no role in life more important than being a parent...the Fatherhood Is Sacred® (FIS) program is gearing up for its next 12-week class that brings fathers together for fun activities and discussions designed to guide them in teaching and raising children to develop the potential and attributes needed for success in life. Dinner and child care are provided.

To register or for more information, contact Justin McDonald at 907.463.7197 or
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