2020 Annual TCC Convention

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March 16th-19th | Westmark Hotel – Gold Room | Fairbanks, AK

Tanana Chiefs Conference’s 2020 Annual Delegate and Full Board of Director’s Meeting will take place from March 16th through March 19th at the Westmark Hotel & Conference Center in Fairbanks. Our theme this year is Breaking Trails into the Future; in the Spirit of Ch’eghwtsen’.

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CHA Spotlight – Sheena Tanner

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Although Sheena Tanner resides in Missouri, she is very much rooted in Alaska. As an itinerant health aide for Tanana Chiefs Conference, Tanner works in any of the 42 villages in the TCC region where she is needed but often works in Circle.

Tanner grew up in Arctic Village and left to be with her husband Michael in military service. When they moved home to Arctic Village six years ago, the community hadn’t had a health aide for a decade, so Tanner thought it would be a good way to help support her family and took the training.


4th Annual Tribal Unity Gathering

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The 4th Annual Alaska Tribal Unity (ATU) was held on December 2, 2019 that was attended by 150 tribal leaders and representatives from 45 tribes and 12 organizations.

The gathering heard remarks from the congressional delegation and Governor Dunleavy. Senator Sullivan and Congressman Young provided updates on advocating for IHS advanced appropriations, upholding ICWA, improving public safety, cleaning the ocean to protect subsistence, fixing the 477 MOA that fails tribes and the law, and the importance of the Census. Governor Dunleavy commented on making Alaska’s future better for all Alaskans, including the PCE in his 2021 budget, plans for improving education, placing more troopers in rural, and forming partnership with tribal governments.

TCC Honors Carlos Frank for Role in the Protection of Ceremonial Moose

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On October 17th, during the 2019 National Congress of American Indians/Alaska Federation of Natives Tribal Conference, TCC Chief/Chairman Victor Joseph spoke on a panel discussing subsistence. Chief Joseph covered the history of Ceremonial Moose hunting and the landmark Frank v. Alaska case.

This December marks 40 years since Carlos Frank of Minto went to court against the State of Alaska for illegally transporting a moose after he and several other hunters were caught transporting a moose for a funeral potlatch. During the trial, Frank, the late Chief Peter John, and many others fought against the State to protect Alaska Native Ceremonial rights.

CHA Spotlight – Christina Copeland

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Community Health Aides (CHA) work tirelessly for the health and safety of their communities by ensuring that villages have access to the care that they need. So when the need for a CHA was presented in Stevens Village – Christina Copeland was eager to step up to the plate. “You never stop learning and there’s always something new,” she said. “It’s never the same thing.”

Copeland grew up in Fairbanks and worked as a hotel housekeeper and at fast food restaurants before deciding to apply with TCC’s health aide training program four years ago. “There was a need in the community so I applied,” Copeland said. “It’s rewarding to help people and make a difference in somebody’s life.”