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Tlingit & Haida eNews 12.21.20
News in this Edition...
  • Alaska Native Vietnam-Era Veterans Allotment
  • Reentry Transitional Housing Projects Update
Upcoming Virtual Events
  • Virtual Scholarship Workshop
  • Lunchtime Chats with Tlingit & Haida (Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine)
  • Elders Talking Circles
Alaska Native Vietnam-Era Veterans Allotment
Are you an Alaska Native Vietnam-Era Veteran who served between August 5, 1964, and December 31, 1971, or are you a descendant of one? You may be entitled to apply for a Native allotment of up to 160 acres. 

The application period for the five-year program officially opens on December 28, 2020

For the latest information, visit the U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management website.  

If you believe you are eligible to apply and need assistance, Tlingit & Haida’s Native Lands & Resources (NLR) department is available.

For more information, contact Realty Specialist Irene Lampe at or 907.209.2186.
Reentry Transitional Housing Projects Update
The Reentry & Recovery department is working diligently on the construction and remodel of several reentry transitional housing projects in Juneau, Alaska. The objective of the housing projects is to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and increase public safety by reducing recidivism.

The floor plan layouts for each facility have been thoughtfully designed and include mitigation strategies providing individual bedrooms for each resident as well as quarantine and isolation space with the ability to further separate living quarters in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.

In addition to creating a safe space that keeps our reentry population out of congregate shelters, the housing programs will provide cultural and peer-supported reentry and recovery programming, employment and training opportunities, and intensive case management.

Residents will be housed for up to two years and will pay rent and any other financial obligations such as child support, legal fees, or restitution. Eligibility for these programs is based on the goal of closing the gap between the direct release from incarceration and access to supportive services, a crucial intervention point that reduces the likelihood of returning to addiction and crime.

For more information, contact the Reentry & Recovery department at reentry& or 907.463.7366.
Upcoming Virtual Events
Lunchtime Chats with Tlingit & Haida (Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine)
Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Time: Noon - 1:00 PM
Location: Facebook

Join Tlingit & Haida on Wednesday, December 23rd for a presentation on the COVID-19 vaccine followed by a Q&A session.

The weekly chats are hosted by President Richard Chalyee Éesh Peterson on Tlingit & Haida’s Facebook page as an opportunity to share information with tribal citizens on Tlingit & Haida’s activities, programs and services. Each chat will include a Q&A period and close with a random door prize drawing.
If you are unable to join us online, each session will be recorded and posted to Tlingit & Haida’s YouTube channel.
Elders Talking Circles
Date: Thursdays (January 7 - March 18, 2021)
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Location: Zoom

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many of us isolated from our loved ones and community. Tlingit & Haida’s Wellness Court, in partnership with the Elders programs, invites all tribal citizen Elders to join them for a weekly talking circle every Thursday beginning January 7, 2021. The talking circles will be led by Lyle and Kolene James and provide a safe space to connect, share, and participate in cultural activities.

In light of the pandemic, the talking circles will be held virtually via Zoom. Participants may join by an electronic device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) or by calling in by phone.

Registration Deadline: December 31, 2020

For more information or to register, contact Ann Stepetin at or
Navigators Virtual Scholarship Workshop
Date: Monday, January 11, 2021
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Location: Zoom

Join Tlingit & Haida's Navigators program a virtual scholarship workshop! The free workshop will cover the scholarship and FAFSA application process, help students identify and apply for scholarships, and provide writing assistance for cover letters and essays. All participants will be entered into a random drawing for some great door prizes. 

Door Prizes: Smart Safe Backpack (Grand Prize), Noise-Canceling Headphones, College Snack Box, and more!

For more information, contact the Navigators program at or 907.463.7752.
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