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Tlingit & Haida eNews 07.25.19
News in this Edition...
  • Salmon Run Held
  • Elders Annual Picnic
  • Save the Date: Special Native Issues Forum
  • Save the Date: “Spirit” Music Video Release Party
Salmon Run Held
Bears, whales, fisher people oh my! Community members braved the threat of rain to partake in the family-friendly Salmon Run (Xáat át wujixeex) held on July 20, 2019. The community fun run was open to all ages and staged with costumed critters along the 1-mile and 5-kilometer out and back courses on Kaxdigoowu Heen Dei (Brotherhood Bridge Trail) .
Participants gathered at Riverbend Elementary School’s covered play area to register for the run, peruse informational tables hosted by SEARHC’s Wellness program and AWARE’s Girls on the Run program, and enjoy a few pre-run activities like coloring and making salmon headbands.
The Salmon Run is part of the Boys Run I Toow ú Klatseen program, a 10-week after school program for boys that helps build positive self-esteem, communication, healthy relationship skills, teamwork and respect through running, discussion and cultural activities.

Gunalchéesh, Háw’aa to all who participated in the Salmon Run and shared their strength of spirit with the Boys Run community! A very special thank you to Hooked, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and DIPAC for contributing to this year’s Salmon Run and to Tlingit & Haida’s TANF and Child Care departments for donating prizes!

Boys Run is seeking volunteer coaches for the fall 2019 season. The program will take place at Harborview, Glacier Valley and Riverbend elementary schools with each week highlighting a Southeast Alaska Traditional Tribal Value. A coach orientation training coordinated by AWARE and Tlingit & Haida will be held on August 24, 2019. Visit to learn more about how you can become a coach.

To view the full gallery of photos from the Salmon Run, click here .
Elders Annual Picnic
Tlingit & Haida’s Elders program, Wooch yáx haa kusteeyí, held a Neech Atx (beach meal) at Sandy Beach in Juneau, Alaska on July 18, 2019. There was a great turnout for the picnic with nearly 50 Elders in attendance.

Tlingit & Haida President Richard (Chalyee Éesh) Peterson, along with 1st Vice President Yodean Armour, 4th Vice President Rob Sanderson Jr. and Emerging Leader Shawaan Jackson-Gamble also joined the Elders for the lunch-time picnic. The time spent together was filled with good food, laughter, Tlingit song and dance, and wonderful new memories made.

The picnic is just one of several fun activities that the Elders program plans throughout the year to keep Elders active. Next on the list…a whale watching tour!

The Elders program provides elder nutrition and caregiver support services, information and referral services and promotes wellness and health-related education.

Gunalchéesh, Háw’aa to all who attended the picnic and especially to our Elders! Y our presence in our lives give us all strength!

To view the photo gallery from the picnic, click here .
Save the Date: Special Native Issues Forum
Date: July 30, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM (Doors Open @ 10:30 AM)
Location: Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall • Juneau, AK

How can our Indigenous perspectives help us think about cuts to education, power cost equalization, senior benefits and other state-unfunded items for our future? How do we protect our most vulnerable and stand up for our rights and responsibilities as Native people to support thriving communities and families?

Tlingit & Haida, First Alaskans Institute, Native Peoples Action and Sealaska are pleased to host a Special Native Issues Forum to discuss the impacts of the recent budget cuts, share our knowledge and strategize to support thriving Native communities moving forward.

All forums are webcast live at
Save the Date: “Spirit” Music Video Release Party
Date: August 3, 2019
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Location: Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall

Tlingit & Haida is pleased to announce the Ix̱six̱án, Ax̱ Ḵwáan (IAK) youth music group has completed its third music video, Spirit . A music video release party is scheduled for August 3, 2019. Click here here to watch the music video trailer.

Spirit is about our ancestors whose indigenous names we carry. It explores what’s in a name and manifests Haa Shuká, which ties our past, present and future. It is our collective identity that reaches across generations through embracing our core traditional values and honoring our ancestors by carrying forward these values for future generations.

Ix̱six̱án, Ax̱ Ḵwáan (IAK) originally formed in 2018 with seven youth as part of Tlingit & Haida’s Native Connections program which focuses on providing space for the youth to develop culturally-based social, emotional, mental and spiritual skills to become healthy and resilient.

Each year, new members join the group to create music videos that express their love for their culture and indigenous life in Southeast Alaska. This year, Jaylynn Martin, Arias (AJ) Hoyle, Keegan Kanan, Sierra Flores, Kendra Parks, Kenndra Willard, Arturo Rodriguez, Aidan Wilson and Jordan Bennett created the music video with lead backup vocals provided by Chris Talley and technical support provided by Joshua Laboca with Second2NoneSound.

Gunalchéesh, Háw’aa to all who supported our youth throughout their music video project: A'akw Kwáan, T'aaḵu Kwáan, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway and the City and Borough of Juneau.

For more information on the Native Connections program or music video release party, contact Will Kronick at 907.463.7169 or

Disclosure: This event is sponsored by Tlingit & Haida’s Tribal Family & Youth Services department under the Native Connections program. The event flyer and program material was developed under Grant # 6H79SM063465-02M001 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.
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