2018 TCC Annual Convention and Full Board of Directors Meeting

March 12th-15th, 2018

Westmark Hotel in Fairbanks

Theme: Working Together for a Stronger Future

Download our Draft Agenda 

 

 

Keynote Speakers

2018 TCC Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce our 2018 TCC Annual Convention Keynote Speakers.

Dr. Jessica Black

Fort Yukon/Nenana

Dr. Jessica Black is a Gwich’in Athabascan from the villages of Gwich’yaa Zhee [Ft. Yukon] and Toghotthele [Nenana], Alaska.

In her current job as Assistant Professor for the Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development and Tribal Management at UAF Jessica teaches, co-leads several research projects, and serves her Alaska Native community in various ways.

She currently serves on the Fairbanks Native Association Board of Directors as well as the Tanana Chiefs Conference Health Board. Outside of work and community responsibilities Jessica enjoys learningand spending time with elders, culture bearers, and language warriors.

Julia Fisher-Salmon

Chalkyitsik/Beaver

Julia Fisher-Salmon is a 20 year-old emerging leader from Beaver and Chalkyitsik. She is currently attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she is majoring in Criminal Justice.

She is also working towards achieving her Associate’s Degree in Tribal Management.

She is currently working in Washington, D.C. as an intern for Congressman Don Young. Julia sits on the TCC Emergencing Leaders Youth Advisory Council as the Treasurer. 

Convention Events

Convention Week Events

For more events be sure to visit our website calendar or you can download our events flyer: Convention Week Events Flyer 

NEW! this year: Honoring/Awards Dinner – 6:30 p.m. – Saturday, March 10th

MONDAY
March 12th

 

 

TCC Health Fair
Westmark Hotel 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

FNA JOM Basketball Tournament
Tanana Middle School  9:00 a.m.

Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Welcome Reception
Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall  5:30 p.m.

 

TUESDAY
March 13th

 

 

 


TCC Health Fair

Westmark Hotel 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Legacy of Our Elders Premiere
Westmark, Gold Room  6:00 p.m.

FNA JOM Basketball Tournament
Tanana Middle School  9:00 a.m.

 

WEDNESDAY
March 14th


TCC Arts and Crafts Bazaar

Westmark Hotel 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
FNA JOM Basketball Tournament
Tanana Middle School  9:00 a.m.

Denakkanaaga Annual Fundraiser
Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall 5:00 p.m.

 

THURSDAY
March 15th


TCC Arts and Crafts Bazaar
Westmark Hotel 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
TCC Potlatch
Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall 5:30 p.m.
 Gwich’in Athabascan Fiddle Dance
Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center  6:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Open  Mic Night
Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center  7:00 p.m.

 

FRIDAY
March 16th


Gwich’in Athabascan Fiddle Dance

Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center  6:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Doyon Annual Meeting of Shareholders
Westmark Hotel, Gold Room  8:00 a.m.

 

SATURDAY
March 17th


Gwich’in Athabascan Fiddle Dance

Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center  6:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

 

 

Election Information

Election Information

ELECTION SEATS

Subregional Positions:

  • Lower Yukon Subregion ……………………………… 3 Year Term 2018-2021
    Currently Eugene Paul, Holy Cross
  • Upper Kuskokwim Subregion ……………………………. 3 Year Term 2018-2021
    Currently Nick Alexia, Nikolai

Eligibility Criteria:
• Must be a current village director, as authorized by tribal/village resolution. (Article 7, Section 4)
• Must be residents of the State of Alaska and Alaska Native Members of member villages of the corporation. (Article 4, Section 1)
• Employees of the corporation shall not be eligible to serve as Directors or officers of the corporation with exception of the President and temporary or seasonal E-Board Members and Full Board Members. (Article 4, Section 2)
• Must successfully pass an ICPA and Alaska Barrier Crimes Act Background check. (See also Executive Board Policy 50-5003).
• Compliance with the TCC Board of Directors’ Drug and Alcohol Free Policy #50-5001 applies to all TCC Executive and Health Board of Directors, with the exception of the Chief/Chair of the Board who is an employee who follows the employee policy. Those elected must pass a drug test according to this policy in order to serve their term.

TCC Advisory Boards
The three TCC Advisory Boards make recommendations to the TCC Executive Board and President. The President has the authority to appoint all individuals to the advisory boards, (Article 7, Section 3), but the President currently allows the subregions to democratically select representatives to each advisory board. All candidates must be Alaska Native.

TCC Regional Health Board

  • Yukon Tanana Subregion…………………….3 year term (2018-2021)
    Currently Andrew Jimmie, Minto
  • Yukon Koyukuk Subregion ……………….3 year term (2018-2021)
    Currently Walter Stickman, Sr., Nulato

TCC Education Council

  • Lower Yukon Subregion……………………………..3 year term (2018-2021)
    Currently Vivian Juneby, Beaver
  • Yukon Koyukuk Subregion…………………………….3 year term (2018-2021) Currently Gertie Sam, Huslia

Interior Athabascan Tribal College Board of Trustees

  • Yukon Koyukuk Subregion……………..3 year term (2018-2021)
    Currently Jenny Pelkola, Galena
  • Lower Yukon Subregion……………………3 year term (2018-2021)
    Currently Margie Walker, Grayling

AFN Village Representative

  • 1 Seat ……………………………………………..One year term (2018-2019)
    Currently Julie Roberts-Hyslop, Tanana
    * The AFN Village Representative seat is not affected by the TCC Bylaws; however, we notify villages of AFN candidates who declare their written intent as a candidate, for informational purposes.
    IRHA Board of Commissioners
  • Seat A……………………………………………..Three year term (2018-2021)
    Currently Larry Nathaniel, Circle
  • Seat B……………………………………………..Three year term (2018-2021)
    Currently Janet Woods, Rampart
    * Must be eligible to serve on TCC Board of Directors
    – Employees of TCC or IRHA are not eligible to serve as IRHA Commissioners (Article 7, Section 7)
    * The election of the IRHA seat is not affected by the TCC Bylaws pertaining to the declaration of candidacy requirements; however, we notify villages of IRHA candidates who declare their written intent as a candidate for informational purposes.

Officer Positions

  • TCC Secretary/Treasurer …………………………………3 year term (2018-2021)
    Currently PJ Simon, Allakaket

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Officers must be members of a member village of the corporation and eligible to be selected as a Director of a member village. (Article 5, Section 1)
On March 19, 2009, the TCC full board of directors adopted Resolution 2009-30 “Barrier Crimes” directing TCC to come into compliance with federal and state background check requirements. The TCC President, Executibe Board or Health Board positions will have regular and foreseeable contact with Indian children and is a full time TCC employee and therefore must pass the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act (ICPA) and the State DHHS background checks. Executive Board and Health Board members also have foreseeable contact with Indian children as well as oversight of financial budgets with funds received by the State of Alaska.
Potential candidates to the Executive Board and Health Board must turn in a completed and correct background check application to Heather Rogers in Human Resources by February 10 to guarantee background checks will be completed by February 28. Individuals contemplating running for a board position should turn in a background check application now to ensure the ability to make corrections to mistakes in the lengthy application. All background check applications will be confidential and only Human Resources will have access to the application and the names of individuals. Those individuals that do not submit complete paperwork or fail to pass a background check will not be eligible candidates for the TCC President, Executive Board or Health Board positions.

Declaration of Candidacy

Individuals who want to declare themselves a candidate for any of the above seats must submit a written, signed and dated letter of intent between 8:00 AM-February 1, 2018 and 5:00 PM-March 2, 2018. We recommend that you confirm receipt of your letter of intent with the TCC Executive Secretary prior to March 2nd. We may not know of the submission of your letter of intent; but we can confirm the receipt of your letter of intent.
Individuals may submit a letter of intent for AFN Village Representative and IRHA Commissioner Seats but they must be nominated from the floor to declare themselves a candidate.
Letter of intent (see example on page 4) must be received by fax, mail or delivered in person no later than 5:00 PM on March 2, 2018 to:

Tanana Chiefs Conference
ATTN: Norma Dahl, Executive Secretary
122 First Avenue, Suite 600
Fairbanks, AK 99701
1-800-478-6822 ext.3112 FAX # (907) 459-3884

2018 TCC Full Board elections process follows the TCC Elections Rules; the elections rules are posted on the TCC website at www.tananachiefs.org under the 2018 TCC Annual Convention information and is also enclosed with the First and Official Call to Convention mailed to TCC member tribes. A copy of the elections rules can be requested by contacting Natasha Singh, General Counsel, at ext. 3178.

Background Checks

ICPA BACKGROUND CHECK INFORMATION:
The Indian Child Protection Act (ICPA), requires TCC Executive and Health Board of Directors to pass a federal ICPA background check, and the Alaska Barrier Crimes Act background check.

The TCC Executive Board has made the commitment to both comply with current laws, Board policies and advocate for reasonable changes in background check requirements. As part of compliance, TCC Executive Board and Health Board candidates must submit their complete background check application which includes fingerprints by February 1st submitted to Heather Rogers, Human Resources Director. This allows enough time for the check to be complete. Only those candidates that pass the background check will be eligible to continue as official candidates for the March 15, 2018 election. This process was mandated in the 2014 Presidential Election as well.

2018 TCC ELECTIONS: ELECTION RULES
RULE 10. MAJORITY VOTE REQUIRED
To be elected to a position, nominees are required to receive a majority vote from the votes cast by the TCC Board of Delegates. If no nominee receives a majority vote on a ballot, the Election Committee shall conduct a subsequent ballot provided by these Election Rules until a nominee receives a majority vote.

RULE 11. FAILURE TO ACHIEVE MAJORITY
1. In the event of a tie occurring for a Subregional seat, a coin toss will occur to determine the outcome of the election.

2. Ballots where there are four (4) nominees or more. If no nominee receives a majority vote on the first ballot the following rules will apply with the intent to eliminate candidates to achieve a majority:

The Election Committee will eliminate all nominees except for the three (3) nominees receiving the highest number of votes and conduct a subsequent ballot.
If there are three (3) or more candidates that receive the second highest number of votes, all those with the second highest number of votes will proceed to the next ballot including the candidate with the most votes.
The remaining candidates will be eliminated.

If there is a tie for candidates with the third highest vote and there are two (2) or more candidates that receive the first and/or second highest number of votes, only the two (2) or more candidates that receive the highest number of votes will proceed to the next ballot. The rest will be eliminated.

If there are more than three (3) candidates tied for first highest vote, all of those receiving the first highest will proceed to the next ballot. The rest will be eliminated.

If all but one candidate ties for second, the Election Committee will distribute an “elimination ballot” that includes only the nominees who tied for second. The Election Committee will eliminate the one nominee receiving the lowest number of votes on the “elimination ballot” and resume the balloting between all remaining nominees.

3. Ballots where there are three (3) nominees. If no nominee receives a majority vote on a ballot having three (3) nominees, the Election Committee will eliminate the one nominee receiving the lowest number of votes, and conduct a subsequent ballot. If all three (3) nominees tie for the votes cast, the Election Committee shall conduct a subsequent ballot including all nominees. If two nominees tie for the fewest votes cast, the Committee will distribute an “elimination ballot’ that includes only the two nominees who tied for the fewest votes cast on the prior ballot. The Election Committee will eliminate the one nominee receiving the lowest number of votes on the “elimination ballot” and resume the balloting between all remaining nominees.

4. Ballots with two (2) nominees. The nominee receiving a majority vote shall be elected. If neither nominee receives a majority vote, the Election Committee will prepare another ballot without elimination of the nominee receiving the fewer votes. This Election Committee will repeat this process as necessary until one nominee receives a majority vote.

** Majority is based on the number of Directors present for the 2018 Full Board of Director’s roll call.

 

Election Rules

Download Our 2018 Board of Directors Meeting Election Committee Rules: 2018 Election Rules 

 

Resolutions

Resolution Information

TCC’s Annual Convention resolution process has been improved to provide for more tribal notice and dialogue. Resolutions are due TODAY, February 16th, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.. Please submit resolutions to Keith Rueben at keith.rueben@tananachiefs.org

Any tribes that need assistance in writing resolutions, please contact the relevant department:

Resolution Sponsors:

Resolutions may be submitted by:

  • Tribal Councils
  • Member Organizations
  • Delegates to Convention
  • Alternate Delegates in the absence of the primary delegate
  • TCC Executive Board
  • Subregional Advisory Boards
  • Resolutions Committee
  • Denakkanaaga
  • Youth Convention

Resolutions Committee and Schedule:

The Resolutions Committee will meet on Thursday, February 22, 2018, to review and forward the proposed convention resolutions that meet the criteria.  TCC staff selected by the TCC President shall assist the committee. 

Download the 2018 Resolution Rules