Resolution 2017-11: Emergency Firefighter Employment

WHEREAS, Ruby and many villages in the TCC Region have an expertly trained Emergency Firefighter Crew; and WHEREAS, This past summer has yielded few threatening fires in Alaska, thus greatly affecting the employment of emergency firefighters; and WHEREAS, These emergency firefighters support their families and many others in their villages; and WHEREAS, These emergency firefighters are at the ready to leave sometimes with only …

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Resolution 2017-10: Jobs for Youth and Young Adults

WHEREAS, There are no legitimate jobs for young adults and youth under the age of eighteen in the rural communities; and WHEREAS, More jobs would lead to a higher population growth in both the youth and young adult populations, year round; and WHEREAS, Drugs and alcohol are becoming a recurring pastime with lack of activities and jobs; and WHEREAS, Increasing job opportunities will build …

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Resolution 2017-09: Boarding Schools

WHEREAS, Boarding schools are a painful reminder of the colonial education system of Indian Residential Schools which took children from our rural villages and away from their communities and families; and WHEREAS, Boarding schools break the cycle of children learning critical parenting skills during their teenage years from their parents and grandparents; and WHEREAS, Boarding schools draw students from many of our smaller …

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Resolution 2017-08: Quality of Education in the Villages

WHEREAS, The expectation of educators for the students in the villages is not the same standard for students in urban areas or the general population; and WHEREAS, Village schools have less access to internet, books, and other resources vital to students’ success; and WHEREAS, Students do not feel challenged because the curriculum is limited and does not meet the students’ needs; and WHEREAS, The …

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Resolution 2017-07: Grade Level Reading Proficiency

WHEREAS, Reading proficiency at the end of third grade is a huge predictor of high school graduation and career success, nationally. Third grade is the critical school year when the student focus changes from learning to read to reading to learn; and WHEREAS, In 2015, the National Assessment of Educational Progress for Grade 4 Reading found that for Alaska Native/American Indian students, 10% met …

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Resolution 2017-06: Preserving Our Cultural Activities

WHEREAS, The 2017 Youth Delegates request more cultural activities in the villages; and WHEREAS, Some villages do not have Native dance groups, most people do not know their songs and dances; and WHEREAS, Preserving our cultural activities will guide future generations; and WHEREAS, Learning the traditional transportation methods of making snowshoes, dog sleds, and traditional canoes will support healthy active lifestyles; and WHEREAS, Our traditional …

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Resolution 2017-20: Canyon Village Traditional Land Selections

WHEREAS, Congress enacted the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) to recognize and settle the aboriginal claims of Alaska Natives to their traditional homelands by establishing Alaska Native corporations to receive and manage settlement lands and funds; and WHEREAS, The purpose of ANCSA was to settle the land claims of Alaska Natives and to provide them with the means to pursue economic …

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Resolution 2017-19: Assistance to Tribal Governments on ANCSA 14(c)(3) Issues

WHEREAS, Section 14(c)(3) of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) provides that each Alaska Native village corporation established under ANCSA, except for former reservations, shall convey to a municipal corporation (city), or to the state in trust, lands identified for present and future community needs; and WHEREAS, Many villages within the TCC Region would prefer that  the tribes themselves – rather …

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Resolution 2017-18: Land Sales by the State of Alaska

WHEREAS, After statehood, the State of Alaska obtained large tracts of land throughout Interior Alaska that were and continue to be recognized as traditional lands by Alaskan Natives; and WHEREAS, The State of Alaska manages a land sales program that disposes of land within the traditional land domain, which disposals cause user conflicts; and WHEREAS, Alaskan Native residents maintain historic and contemporary uses …

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