2021 Annual Convention

2021 TCC Annual Convention and full board of directors meeting

March 17th and 18th, 2021

The Tanana Chiefs Conference 2021 Annual Convention and Full Board of Directors meeting will take place March 17th & 18th, 2021 at the Westmark Hotel in Fairbanks with the theme Resiliency and Renewal. The meeting will be closed to the public with delegates having the option of participating in-person or via zoom. The public will be able to watch the meeting live on our Facebook page or right here on our website.

The following positions will be up for election this year.

Subregional Advisory Board Elections

TCC Executive Board of Directors

  • Upper Kuskokwim Subregion – 3 Year Term (2021-2024)
    • Currently Nick Alexia, Sr., Nikolai
  • Lower Yukon Subregion- 3 Year Term (2021-2024)
    • Currently Eugene Paul, Holy Cross

TCC Regional Health Advisory Board

  • Yukon Tanana Subregion -3 year term (2021-2024)
    • Currently Andrew Jimmie, Minto/Chairman
  • Yukon Koyukuk Subregion – 3 year term (2021-2024)
    • Currently Walter Stickman, Nulato

TCC Education Council

  • Lower Yukon Subregion – 3 year term (2021-2024)
    • Currently VACANT
  • Yukon Flats Subregion – 3 year term (2021-2024)              
  • Currently Nellie Winer
  • Yukon Koyukuk Subregion – 3 year term (2021-2024)
  • Currently Gertie Sam
  • Student Representative – Jolie Murray, Beaver

Interior Athabascan Tribal College Board of Trustees

  • Upper Kuskokwim Subregion……………..3 year term (2021-2024)
    • Currently VACANT
  • Yukon Koyukuk Subregion…………………3 year term (2021-2024)
    • Currently Jenny Pelkola
  • Lower Yukon Subregion…………………3 year term (2021-2024)
  • Currently Margie Walker
  • Executive Board Liaison – Jolie Murray, Beaver

Full Board of Directors Elections

Officer Positions

  • TCC Secretary/Treasurer – 3 year term (2021-2024)
    • Currently Jerry Isaac, Tanacross

AFN Village Representative

  • AFN Village Representative – One year term (2021-2022)
    • Currently Julie Roberts-Hyslop, Tanana

IRHA Board of Commissioners

  • Seat A – 3 year term (2021-2024)
    • Currently Larry Nathaniel, Circle
  • Seat B – 3 year term (2021–2024)
    • Currently Teisha Simmons, Fairbanks/Galena

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 be- tween 8:00 AM-Feb 4, 2021 and 5:00 PM-March 5, 2021. We recommend that you confirm receipt of your letter of intent with the TCC Executive Secretary prior to March 5th. Candidates often wait until the last hour to submit which has caused miscommunication in the past leading to ineligible candidates   

TCC Letter of Intent 2021 (download PDF) must be received by fax, mail or delivered in person no later than 5:00 PM on March 5, 2021 to:

Tanana Chiefs Conference
ATTN:  Norma Dahl, Executive Secretary
122 First Avenue, Suite 600
Fairbanks, AK  99701

1-800-478-6822 ext.3118 FAX # (907) 459-3884

A copy of the elections rules can be requested by contacting Natasha Singh, General Counsel.

Eligibility Criteria

Subregional Positions

  • 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)
  • Full Time employees of the corporation shall not be eligible to serve as Directors or officers of the corporation with exception of the President. E-Board Members may serve as temporary or seasonal TCC employees. (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. To be eligible as a candidate, individuals must pass the background check the week before their election

Officer Positions

  • Officers must be Alaska Native members of a member village of the corporation and eligible to be selected as a Director of a member village. (Article 5, Section 1)
  • Must successfully pass the (DHSS) Alaska Barrier Crimes Act Background check. (See also Executive Board Policy 50-5003).  Executive and Health board candidates must turn in a completed and correct background check application to Heather Rogers in Human Resources by February 16th to guarantee background checks will be completed by March 5th. Individuals contemplating running for a board position should turn in a background check application immediately 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 Secretary/Treasurer, Executive Board or Health Board positions.
  • Compliance with the TCC Board of Directors’ Drug and Alcohol Free Policy #50-5001 applies to all TCC Executive and Health Advisory Board of Directors. All candidates must take and pass a drug test prior to their respective spring 2021 Subregional Advisory Board Meeting, according to this policy in order to serve their term if elected.

IRHA Board of Commissioners

  • 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)

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 16th 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 respective elections.

2021 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 after the third ballot, 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.