H.R. 2387 - Please show your support for Alaska Native Veterans!
Congressman Don Young recently introduced H.R. 2387, a bill to amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) to provide an equitable allotment of land to Alaska Native Veterans.
Key Points of H.R. 2387:
- Alaska Native Veterans who served during the period beginning on August 5, 1964 and ending May 7, 1975 may apply for two parcels not more than 160 acres.
- Heirs of deceased Alaska Native Veterans may apply and receive a Native allotment on behalf of the estate.
- Approves and reopens any Native allotment application pending before the Department of the Interior on December 18, 1971 that was closed by the Department pursuant to Shields v United States.
Central Council urges all tribal citizens and tribes to contact the Alaska Congressional Delegation and members of Congress to support passage of this important legislation:
Representative Don Young
Washington, D.C. Office
2314 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5765
Fax: (202) 225-0425
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.
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
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.
Indian Country News
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