K-9 Village Event Request Form

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TCC recently purchased a drug detection K-9 through generous donations from our tribes. The K-9 will be available upon request from the villages, and will be met as the K-9 and handler are available. 

K-9 Village Request form: K-9 Unit Village Event Request

For more information you can contact Tiffany Simmons at 907-452-8251 ext.3438 or tiffany.simmons@tananachiefs.org 

May is National UV Safety Awareness Month

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Summer has arrived and the sun is shining bright, July is National UV Safety Awareness Month and all of us at Tanana Chiefs Conference want to provide you with some great educational materials that could SAVE YOUR LIFE. Understanding UV safety and how to protect your skin and eyes is incredibly important.

If you are worried about your skin or want to know more about the damaging effects of the sun, make an appointment with your provider.

TCC Advocates for Water & Sewer Needs

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During the 2018 Tribal Self-Governance Annual Conference in New Mexico in April, TCC Chief/Chairman Victor Joseph had an opportunity to talk with Indian Health Services (IHS) Director Rear Admiral Michael D. Weahkee about the lack of water and sewer in our rural communities.

Overall, there are more than 3,300 homes throughout Alaska that do not have running water and sewer.  The IHS Sanitation Facilities Construction Program, an integral component of the IHS disease prevention activity, has carried out authorities since 1960 using funds appropriated for Sanitation Facilities Construction to provide potable water and waste disposal facilities for American Indian/Alaska Native people.

Commissioner Williams Tours Sobering Center

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On May 8th, Department of Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams joined Fairbanks Correctional Center (FCC) Superintendent Tammy Axelsson on a tour of the new Sobering Center in Fairbanks. The Sobering Center provides a safe, secure environment for intoxicated individuals to rest and get connected with resources if they choose to seek help.

Previously, many intoxicated individuals were taken to FCC to stay in a cell overnight, putting stress on staff who were not trained and not equipped with the resources to properly assist. The Sobering Center not only provides adequately trained staff, but also 24-hour monitoring to ensure safety.

The HPV Vaccine & Cancer Prevention

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Cancer prevention has been a growing concern among our tribes, with cancer being the second leading cause of death among Alaska Natives. The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of more than 150 related viruses, several of which are cancer-causing. This is important to be aware of considering 80% of people will get an HPV infection in their lifetime. Thankfully, the HPV vaccine is a safe and effective means of preventing these cancer-causing viruses.

“In countries where the vaccine has been routine, there has been a dramatic drop in the HPV disease,” says Dr. Stephen Gerrish, MD, Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center, “It is expected that cancers caused by HPV will be largely eliminated in future generations once the vaccine becomes routine.”