Providing current news on Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska's
government, administrative, and program activities.
Tlingit & Haida eNews 8.18.21
News in this Edition...
  • NAGPRA Grant Awarded from the National Park Service
  • Haa Aaní Káa Át Kugaxtootéen Summer Adventures
  • Vocational Training & Resource Center Courses
  • We're Hiring!
Upcoming Events:
  • Lunchtime Chat (Topic: Update on COVID-19 Pandemic & Delta Variant)
  • Hope & Resiliency Sessions for Healthcare Providers & Their Families
  • Elders Talking Circle (Guest Speaker: Vivian Mork)
  • 2021 Tlingit & Haida Youth Summit
NAGPRA Grant Awarded from the National Park Service
The National Park Service awarded Tlingit & Haida the FY 2021 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) grant in the amount of $88,000 to conduct documentation and consultation with the Portland Art Museum, Indiana University Museum, and Evansville Museum in Indiana!
The NAGPRA grant helps ensure the longevity of Native American cultural heritage. Tlingit & Haida received one out of the 22 consultation and documentation grants. Once distributed, the grants will help fund museum and Tribal staff with travel expenses, consultation meetings and research, all in support of the repatriation process.
Since 1993, Tlingit & Haida’s Native Lands & Resources (NLR) department has been successful in repatriating numerous artifacts on behalf of tribal communities under NAGPRA. To date, Tlingit & Haida has successfully repatriated more than 170 objects! The grant will be administered by the Native Lands & Resources department and used to conduct research and documentation and prepare claims for repatriation of cultural items located around the United States.
To read more about the grant from the National Park Service, click here.
If you have questions, please contact our Native Lands & Resources department
Haa Aaní Káa Át Kugaxtootéen Summer Adventures
The Tribal Family & Youth Services (TFYS) department hosted another successful Haa Aaní Káa Át Kugaxtootéen (We Will be Traveling on Our Land) Adventure Club! Tribal citizen youth from 2nd-8th grade safely gathered with COVID-19 precautions in place to explore traditional arts, science and the great outdoors.

The adventure club was funded under Tlingit & Haida's Supporting Transition and Educational Promise (STEPS) Neighborhood Community Block Grant in partnership with the Cultural Heritage and Education department. The curriculum was developed by Nancy Douglas, Kitty Eddy and George Holly.

The program met twice a week by Zoom and once in person at Sandy Beach and Douglas Island Pink & Chum, Inc.'s (DIPAC) Macaulay Salmon Hatchery. Each week, students participated in culturally-based STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities and outdoor adventures, including halibut hooks, fish traps, fish weirs, jam and scavenger hunts.

For questions or more information on the Haa Aaní Káa Át Kugaxtootéen Adventure Club, contact Will Kronick at
Vocational Training & Resource Center Courses Available
The Vocational Training & Resource Center (VTRC) is a State of Alaska authorized post-secondary institution that provides opportunities for training and career advancement through high-quality, post-secondary academic and vocational education. Check out the schedule of upcoming courses and register today!
Course Calendar:
September 7 & 9: Financial Skills Course
November 1, 2 & 3: Financial Skills Course

For questions or more information, contact the Vocational Training & Resource Center at 907.463.7375 or
We're Hiring!
Looking for a rewarding new career? Tlingit & Haida is currently hiring for a variety of positions ranging from clerical up to management level!

We strive to be an employer of choice and offer competitive wages, as well as an array of benefits including 16 paid holidays, a generous retirement plan and much more!

We provide a workplace environment that upholds our tribal values and supports our employees’ personal and career growth. Join Tlingit & Haida’s team and apply today! For a full list of career opportunities, click here.
Upcoming Virtual Events
Lunchtime Chat (Topic: Update on COVID-19 Pandemic & Delta Variant)
Date: August 26, 2021
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM AKST
Location: Facebook

Join us on August 26th for a Lunchtime Chat with SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Elliot Bruhl for an update on the COVID-19 pandemic & Delta variant.

The Lunchtime Chats are hosted by President Richard Chalyee Éesh Peterson as an opportunity to share information with our tribal citizens. Each chat includes 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.
Hope & Resilience Session for Healthcare Providers & Their Families
Dates & Times: August 26 (5:30 - 6:30 PM) or
August 27 (12:00 - 1:00 PM)
Location: Zoom

Healthcare providers and their families are the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic. Experiencing a demanding workload and long hours can lead to stress, anxiety, fear and other strong emotions that can affect your well-being and those you care about. Join us for a special Hope & Resilience session to build resilience and discover tools to cope with stress. Due to the nature of the conversation, sessions are capped at 20 participants.

Sessions are co-facilitated by Dr. Tina Woods, Tlingit & Haida Senior Director of Community & Behavioral Services & Ilona Van der Ven, ICU, Registered Nurse.

For questions or more information on the Hope & Resilience sessions, contact Dr. Tina Woods at 907.463.7302 or
Click the links below to register:
Elders Talking Circles (Guest Speaker: Vivian Mork)
Date: August 26, 2021
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 PM AKST
Location: Facebook

Join us on August 26th for a special Elders Talking Circles with guest speaker Vivian Mork!

As a traditional food specialist, artist, carver and storyteller, Vivian will talk about her passion for her work, gathering and harvesting, her beautiful stories and how influential her grandmother was as a teacher and culture bearer.

The Elders Talking Circles are held as a live event on Tlingit & Haida’s Facebook page and hosted by Tlingit & Haida's Wellness Court, in partnership with the Elders program.

For questions or more information on the Elders Talking Circles, contact Ann Stepetin at 907.463.7131 or
2021 Tlingit & Haida Youth Summit
Dates: September 3 - 5, 2021
Location: Virtual
Register Now: Click Here 

It's not too late to register for the upcoming Tlingit & Haida Youth Summit! In fact, the first 25 youth to register will receive a $50 Visa gift card!

The summit will provide youth (ages 16-27) with opportunities to use their collective voice to influence change and learn how to engage in the tribal government process. Let your voice be heard and register today!

Summit Goals:
  • Adopt Resolutions & Learn How to Create Them: Participants will learn what a resolution is and how to draft them as a part of the tribal government process and tool for advocacy.
  • Develop Leadership Skills: Participants will learn leadership skills to one day be able to step into leadership roles in and outside of their communities.
  • Create a Healing Space: By creating a safe space, participants will be able to openly discuss issues young Natives face today. It will act as a healing experience where they can relate to each other and talk about concerns they may have through talking circles.

Summit Highlights:
  • Daily Raffle Drawings
  • Cool Summit Swag
  • Keynote Speakers
  • Resolution Planning & Drafting
  • Videos
  • Workshops & Presentations
  • Talking Circles
 Our Mission
“Preserve our sovereignty, enhance our economic and cultural resources, and promote
self-sufficiency and self-governance for our citizens.”