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Halibut Bycatch Reduction Decision ~ Deadline for Written Comments 5/26/15

The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council (NPFMC) is responsible for maintaining sustainable fish populations in Alaska’s oceans. The final action on halibut bycatch is happening the first week of June 2015 in Sitka, Alaska. Tribes who would like to contribute to the halibut bycatch reduction decision should send resolutions and written comments to the NPFMC in support of a 50% halibut bycatch reduction. Central Council’s resolution may be used as an example, download the MS Word file here. Please share freely with tribes and entities.

Instructions to submit:

The deadline for written comments is 5:00 pm on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Comments may be sent via email to: npfmc.comments@noaa.gov. Written comments must:

  • Identify the submitter by legal name, affiliation, and date
  • Identify the specific agenda item by number (C2 for example)
  • Be submitted by the comment deadline  (5pm – 5/26/15)

Please contact Grace Singh, Special Assistant to the President, at 907.463.7103 or via email at gsingh@ccthita.org if you have questions.


Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority Board of Commissioner Vacancy

The Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority (THRHA) Board of Commissioners has a vacancy. Candidates are sought from all Tlingit & Haida communities that have designated THRHA as their Tribally Designated Housing Entity (TDHE) under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA).


Consideration will be based on the following guidelines/criteria:

Statutory Qualifications:
Per Alaska Statute 18.55.996 Establishment of Regional Housing Authorities, authorization is given to Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska in the appointment of members to the Tlingit – Haida Regional Housing Authority (THRHA) Board of Commissioners (BOC). THRHA bylaws also define the following for members of the THRHA BOC:

  • Must reside in a community that utilizes the Authority as its Tribally Designated Housing Entity under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act.

  • May not be a current employee, vendor or contractor of the Authority, or any business conflict with THRHA.

  • Must possess professional or management level career experience with additional consideration given to finance, legal, business, banking, real estate, government agency, non-profit or housing related work experience.

  • No history of child or sexual abuse.

  • Must be of upstanding moral character.

  • Must not have a history of moral turpitude.

If you wish to be considered, please submit a letter of interest, declaration of intent to serve, biography, and current résumé by Friday, May 15, 2015. Submissions may be mailed, faxed, or emailed attention:

Grace Singh, Office of the President
Phone: 800.344.1432 x 7103 / Direct: 907.463.7103
Fax: 907.586.8970
Email: gsingh@ccthita.org

Andrew Hope Building to Receive Exterior Upgrade

The Andrew Hope Building located in downtown Juneau on West Willoughby Avenue will receive a sleek new upgrade to its exterior starting in July. The existing wood siding is original (1984) and has surpassed its useful life. Although replacing the siding is necessary to extend the life of the building, it also presented the opportunity to infuse tribal elements into the design that reflect our heritage and remind the public of our roots in the Juneau Indian Village.

Exterior upgrades will take place on the front and sides of the building. A majority of the siding will be painted, 20 gauge steel, interlocking panels and require very little maintenance. Wood-tone panels made of a phenolic core product will be printed with abstract portions of Central Council’s logo and face the Willoughby Avenue street front.

“We expect this renovation project will be an attraction for the Juneau community and tourists. The Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall will benefit from the exposure and once we have the first floor available, we could consider a possible storefront venture,” said Central Council Property Manager Elias Duran.

If the Juneau Economic Development Council hosts another competition for building owner improvements for downtown Juneau, we have no doubt our building will be one of the finalists with its new curb appeal.

Contribute to Central Council 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.
  • 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.

Cobell Settlement

There are currently 800+ 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: http://www.indiantrust.com/index

Indian Trust Settlement
P.O. Box 9577
Dublin, OH 43017-4877
Hotline: 866.591.2958
Phone: 800.961.6109
Email: Info@IndianTrust.com

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

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