Urgent Call to Action from 2nd Vice President and Co-Chair of the United Tribal Transboundary Mining Work Group Rob Sanderson Jr.
Tribal Leaders – I call on you to help protect our salmon and traditional way of life. There are currently five proposed large-scale mines in British Columbia on transboundary rivers that flow into Southeast Alaska. These mines will impact our ancestral lands and pollute our waters. Our tribal governments have the power to request that the United States refer the transboundary development issue to the International Joint Commission (IJC). The Commission was created to address transboundary watershed issues between Canada and the United States and is guided by the Boundary Waters Treaty.
Kake, Klawock, and Tlingit Haida Central Council have all adopted resolutions to encourage the United States to refer the Southeast Alaska/British Columbia transboundary issue to the IJC. We urge all tribes to take action and also adopt resolutions.Central Council’s Native Lands & Resources Department has offered their services as a clearinghouse for tribal resolutions and will forward those received on to the appropriate contacts. Please email your resolutions to Jennifer Hanlon, NLR Environmental Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please contact Rob Sanderson Jr. at email@example.com.
Help Tlingit Haida Central Council Earn Donations through the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program
Central Council Tlingit and Haida was recently approved to participate in the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program. Through this wonderful program, Fred Meyer donates up to $2.5 million dollars ($625,000 quarterly) every year to local schools, community organizations, and non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The program is simple and allows Fred Meyer reward members to select an organization of their choice to be a recipient of Fred Meyer’s charitable contribution.
How to Link Your Rewards Card:
- Go to www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards
- Click “Link Your Rewards Card Now”
- Sign in or create an online account with Fred Meyer.
- Enter your rewards number and last name.
- If you do not have a Fred Meyer rewards card, one can be obtained from the Fred Meyer Customer Service desk.
- Enter Tlingit Haida Central Council’s non-profit number: 91386
- Last step… start shopping! Whenever you use your rewards card at Fred Meyer, you’ll be helping Tlingit Haida Central Council earn a donation.
Donations received from Fred Meyer will be used to support the following programs or services provided by Tlingit Haida Central Council:
- Development of a Language Department: Supporting the efforts to revitalize the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian languages.
- Ray Paddock Medical Emergency Fund: Offers assistance to tribal citizens who have unmet needs generated by major medical illnesses.
- Elderly Emergency Assistance: Provides emergency financial assistance to tribal citizens 65 years of age and older who have urgent personal needs due to disastrous events such as fire, death, or illness.
- Head Start: A federal and state funded program promoting school readiness of children ages 3-5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development.
There are currently 500+ beneficiaries listed from Southeast Alaska that are due a payout from the Cobell Settlement and cannot be located. If you believe you or a family member are a beneficiary of the settlement, please visit the following website or contact Indian Trust Settlement: https://secure.gcginc.com/iim-missingpersons/StateSearch.aspx
Indian Trust Settlement
P.O. Box 9577
Dublin, OH 43017-4877
Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act provides Alaska Native and American Indian people with additional healthcare coverage beyond Indian Health Service benefits. You may qualify for special coverage and protections. As an Alaska Native or American Indian, you are exempt from the requirement to purchase insurance if you can show evidence of:
- Enrollment in a federally recognized Tribe
- Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) shareholder status, or
- Eligible to receive services from an Indian Health Service (IHS) facility/Tribal health care provider.
Visit our Affordable Care Act resource page to access the exemption application and other resources.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Recruiting in Juneau (Flyer)
Big Brothers and Big Sisters is recruiting in Juneau for more Alaska Native "Bigs". Our Alaska Native youth need more Alaska Native mentors to share knowledge, help build community, foster connections, and empower them. If you are interested in making a positive difference in a tribal child's life, please contact:
Renee Linton, Alaska Native Mentoring Partnership Manager
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska
610 Cushman St Ste 3000
Fairbanks Alaska 99701
W: 907.452.8110 Ext. 30 | Main: 907.452.8110 | F: 907.452.8112
Website: www.bbbsak.org | Facebook: www.facebook.com/AkNativeMentoring
CEDS 2013 Update
Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (CCTHITA) and Southeast Conference are looking for your input. A collaborative effort between our organizations has been formed to bring together information for our Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). This is a regional document used for economic development planning within the Southeast region. Click here for more information.
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