Tribes Celebrate land-use plan

February 01, 2017

Two tribes in Chalkyitsik and Fort Yukon reached an agreement with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) after years of hard work from tribal leaders.

It has been important to our tribes to conserve the land and protect the rivers and resources located in the Fortymile area. The BLM land-use plan will cover approximately 6.5 million acres of that land including areas around the White Mountains National Recreation Area, and the Draanjik watershed.

Protecting areas such as the Black River have proven to be essential to the subsistence lifestyle and leaders from the Gwichy’aa Zhee Gwich’in Tribal Council gathered to celebrate the agreement that took years to work out.Read more

An Inside Guide to Free Medical Legal Services

February 01, 2017

Tanana Chiefs Conference will now be offering free Medical Legal advice at the Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center.

The medical-legal partnership (MLP) with TCC, AmeriCorps, and Alaska Legal Services Corporation aims to improve health and quality of life for patients.

While only 40% of an individual’s health is determined by genetics, medical care, and personal choices, fully 60% of health is determined by social and environmental factors such as income, access to health care, access to enough healthy food, housing, education, job stability, and personal safety.Read more

Brownfields: What are they?

February 01, 2017

A brownfield is an abandoned or underused property, with real or perceived contamination, that could be cleaned up and reused. There are many brownfields in rural Alaska; some examples include old tank farms, abandoned buildings with asbestos, lead or other hazardous materials, fuel spills, mine-scarred lands, and illegal dumping sites.

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