Ruby Opens New Tribal Office

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On November 18th, 2017, the community of Ruby held an open house for their new Tribal Office. Chief Victor Joseph and other TCC staff attended the celebration, where Chief Joseph presented Ruby with a James Grant print on behalf of TCC’s Executive Board of Directors and TCC’s 42 tribes. We would like to congratulate Ruby on the opening on their new facility!  

 

 

 

Advocates Testify to Protect Way of Life

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The TCC Hunting and Fishing Task Force partnered with the UAF Tribal Management program to organize Tribal leaders and advocates, who attended and testified at the Board of Game (BOG) statewide meeting in Anchorage on November 9th, 10th, and 11th 2017. Over 20 advocates participated in the training, with 17 submitting oral or written testimony to statewide regulatory proposals effecting their traditional ways of life. Leaders and advocates shared their stories and their way of life with Board of Game members, who appreciated their time away from home to discuss issues critical to their families and communities.

Crucial time to make your voice known on the Ambler Road

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The Ambler Road project is currently in a phase of taking comments on the potential impacts the road poses to the TCC region and Alaska. The lead federal agency, Bureau of Land Management, will convene village meetings in Allakaket, Alatna and Evansville/Bettles during November, but the agency will accept comments on the project until January 31, 2018.
This is a crucial phase of the project to make your voice known. You can submit comments: 1) by mail to Ambler Road Scoping Comments, 222 West 7th Ave., Stop #13, Anchorage, AK 99513, 2) by phone to Craig McCaa at 474-2231, or 3) by email on the BLM website www.blm.gov.AmblerRoadEIS. The BLM will prepare an environmental impact statement on the road and the scoping period is the most important time to submit your comments to the project research team. To express your concerns about the project, contact Tim LamArr at the Bureau of Land Management (907) 474-2356.

Sobering Center Dedication and Open House

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On November 6th, Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) held a dedication and open house for the new Sobering Center in Fairbanks.

TCC’s Health Director Jacoline Bergstrom, Housing First Director Shirley Lee, City of Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly, President of Fairbanks Hospital Foundation Jeff Cook, and Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Board of Trustees Mary Jane Michael expressed their thoughts and gratitude towards the Sobering Center. Afterward, Sobering Center staff lead tours around the new facility and described how each room will be set up and used.
The Sobering Center will provide a temporary, safe shelter for intoxicated individuals, and will offer basic medical screening and close monitoring of clients from experienced staff.