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Tlingit & Haida eNews 11.11.21
News in this Edition...
  • Veterans Day Highlight
  • Recruitment Notice: Tutors Needed in Anchorage Area
  • Request for Proposals: Formline Design for Indigenous Guardians Network
Upcoming Events:
  • Elders Talking Circle (Guest Speakers: Nancy Douglas & Kitty Eddy)
  • Introduction to Painting with Abel Ryan
  • Lunchtime Chats with Tlingit & Haida (Topic: COVID-19 Update)
Veterans Day Highlight
When their country needed them, they answered the call.

Ozzie Sheakley from Hoonah and Bob Ridley from Metlakatla are old friends from high school who were both drafted into the military in the 1960s. Ozzie served in the Army; Bob was in the Navy.
The 72-year-old men are long-time members of the Southeast Alaska Native Veterans group.

“When people say, ‘Thank you for your service,’ I tell them, “I did it for you, for your freedom,’” Bob said.

Bob’s older brother Norman Ridley was killed on an aircraft carrier in Vietnam.

“It’s becoming easier to talk about it because I miss that brother,” Bob said. “I’m really proud to be a Vietnam Veteran.”

Ozzie is the commander for the Southeast Alaska Native Veterans group. He’s proud of the Alaska Native Veterans’ Memorial located on the corner of Warrior Street in downtown Juneau. It was originally built in 2002 and relocated from Sealaska Plaza to Warrior Street in 2006.
There are six memorial stones with Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian phrases, accompanied by a life-size bronze statue of a Alaska Native member of the Territorial Guard. There’s also a totem pole with a burial box that symbolizes a resting place for people killed in battle.

“Inside the box are all of the people who have died. They’re guarded by the Raven and the Eagle,” Ozzie explained.

The long-term goal is to renovate the memorial and include a small wall with plaques to honor people who have served.
Free Online Viewing of Hunting in Wartime Documentary Film
Hunting in Wartime is an award-winning documentary film that profiles the lives of several Tlingit Veterans from Hoonah who fought in the Vietnam War. In the documentary film, the Veterans share their stories of struggle, survival and healing.

In recognition of Veterans Day, the community of Hoonah was given permission to share the full documentary film, which was also extended to Tlingit & Haida.

Gunalchéesh, Háw’aa to film director and producer Samantha Farinella and to the community of Hoonah for sharing this film with our tribal citizens!

To watch the full documentary film, click the link below and enter the password "hoonah".
Request for Proposals: Formline Design for Indigenous Guardians Network
Tlingit & Haida is seeking proposals from tribal citizens to design a logo for the Indigenous Guardians Network.

The Indigenous Guardians Network envisions a design that integrates traditional formline, symbolically reflects “People, Land and Water” and captures their mission and vision. The design will serve as the basis of the Indigenous Guardians Network’s brand identity and should be simple, distinctive and versatile.

Proposals will be evaluated on artistic creativity; integrity of Northwest Coast formline and design; demonstrated experience of artist; history of completion of projects on a timely basis; and references.

  • Bid Deadline: Friday, November 12, 2021 by 4 PM
  • Artist Selected: November 15-19, 2021
  • Artwork Finalized: Friday, December 10, 2021

For questions or more information, contact Regional Resource Specialist Marco Banda
at or 907.650.7565.
Recruitment Notice: Tutors Needed in Anchorage Area
Tlingit & Haida’s Navigators program is recruiting tutors in the Anchorage area to help tribal citizen students (Grades 6 -12) with their studies for the school year. Tutors are needed for a wide range of subjects (Math, English, Sciences, etc.) and will be paid $30/hour to provide tutoring 10-20 hours/week. 

Interested in helping our youth succeed? Submit a résumé and letter of interest to the Navigators program at

For questions or more information, call 1.800.344.1432 ext. 7348 or 907.463.7348.
Upcoming Events
Elders Talking Circles (Guest Speakers: Nancy Douglas & Kitty Eddy)
Date: November 18, 2021
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 PM AKST
Location: Facebook

Join us on November 18th for our next Elders Talking Circles with guest speakers Nancy Douglas and Kitty Eddy!

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
Introduction to Painting with Abel Ryan
Dates: November 20-21, 2021
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Virtual Live Sessions

Tlingit & Haida’s Cultural Heritage & Education department is pleased to partner with award-winning, Tsimshian artist and teacher Abel Ryan to offer an introduction to painting.

Participants will learn about types of paint often used and application on varying surfaces. The class is intended for beginners and up to 20 participants may be accepted.

Registration is free, however, participants must
pay a $40 supply fee or receive a scholarship and register prior to receiving a supply kit and Zoom link for the class.

Participants will need to have access to a laptop or device with a webcam and microphone, an email address, and familiarity with Zoom for the class.
Lunchtime Chat (Topic: Update on COVID-19 Pandemic)
Date: December 1, 2021
Time: Noon - 1:00 PM
Location: Facebook

Join us on December 1st 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.

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 closes 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.
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