Press Releases

 

2014

September 29th Alaska Supreme Court’s latest ICWA Decision is a Blow to Alaska Native Family Rights; TCC Hopes Court will Reconsider its Decision
  The Alaska Supreme Court issued a decision that will effectively bar most Alaska Native families from asserting their rights under ICWA and in doing so will increase the number of Native children severed from their families and culture.
September 16th TCC and AVCP File Petition With the Secretary of Commerce and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to Protect Western Alaska Chinook Salmon
  The petition calls upon the Secretary and the Council to adopt an emergency regulation for the remainder of the 2014 season to reduce the 2014 overall Chinook salmon bycatch hard cap in the Bering Sea-Aleutian Islands pollock fishery from 60,000 to 20,000, and the performance standard from 47,591 to 15,000.
September 3rd Fairbanks Mayor joins call for Federal Review of the Fairbanks Four Case
  Mayor John Eberhart has come forward in support of a federal review of the Fairbanks Four case in the interest of truth and justice.
August 12th Body Found of Man Missing in Chena River
  The remains of 35-year-old Andrew John was found late in the event of August 12th, near the south bank of the Chena River near the Carlson Center
August 11th Update on Chena River Recovery Efforts for Missing Man
  Tanana Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks Native Association, and several volunteers are continuing search efforts for 35 year old Andrew John, resident of Arctic Village and Fairbanks, who went missing in the Chena River near the Wendell Street Bridge on August 7th, 2014.
August 8th Missing Man Identified as Search Continues on Chena River; Volunteers Needed
  Tanana Chiefs Conference is continuing search efforts for 35 year old Andrew John, resident of Arctic Village and Fairbanks, who went missing in the Chena River near the Wendell Street Bridge on August 7th, 2014.
May 22nd Alaska Tribes hold historic meeting to address the management of King Salmon on the Yukon River
  On May 20th, thirty-two federally recognized tribes in Alaska held a historic meeting in the Yukon River Village of St. Mary’s to initiate the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (YRITC) and to develop an Inter-Tribal Management Plan for Yukon River Chinook Salmon for 2014.
May 19th TCC Responds to the State of Alaska’s filing regarding the Fairbanks Four
  The filing made by the State of Alaska in response to the Post-Conviction Relief petitions for the Fairbanks Four comes as an extreme disappointment to Tanana Chiefs Conference.
May 8th TCC Responds to New Evidence in Fairbanks Four Case
  The tribes of the Tanana Chiefs Conference have directed TCC leadership to seek an unbiased, federal review of this case. We believe such action is merited given the circumspect handling of the case since its inception.
May 2nd Interior Native Organizations Deeply Saddened by Recent Events in Tanana
  Doyon, Limited, Tanana Chiefs Conference and Tanana Tribal Council are deeply saddened by the tragic events that took place in Tanana, resulting in the deaths of two Alaska State Troopers, Sgt. Patrick “Scott” Johnson and Trooper Gabriel “Gabe” Rich
March 13th 2014 Annual Convention Election Results
  The 42 members of Tanana Chiefs Conference voted on several seats including;TCC President/Chairman, two Executive Board Seats, Regional Health Board, the Education Council, and more.
March 6th 2014 Annual Convention: The Time is Now
  Tanana Chiefs Conference’s 2014 Annual Delegate and Full Board of Director’s Meeting will take place from March 10th through March 13th at the Westmark Hotel & Conference Center in Fairbanks.  This year’s theme is “The Time is Now”.

2013

August 28th Rural Alaskan Students Dig Into Archaeology
Eight rural Alaskan high school juniors and seniors recently returned from a two-week field school experience at an archaeological dig near Healy Lake, Alaska. The program was a collaboration of Tanana Chiefs Conference archaeologists and the Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
June 10th  Day of Prayer to be Held across Interior Alaska
A resolution calling for a “Day of Prayer” as a time for prayer for the land, waterways, animals, and people who use God’s creation on June 21st was passed in March of 2013 by the Tanana Chiefs Conference Full Board of Directors. 
May 29th Tanana Chiefs Conference assists with Yukon River flood relief Efforts
Tanana Chiefs Conference is coordinating with private, state, and government agencies to ensure that those impacted by the Galena flood have access to adequate housing, food, and other needed resources.
January 7th Walk of Remembrance  Planned for Johnny Wallis
 A walk of remembrance will occur January 8, 2013, to remember Mr. Johnny Wallis and to honor the dignity of every human life. The walk will begin at 5 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 1030 Second Avenue.
January 3rd New Alaska Tribal Documentary to Show in Fairbanks
A new documentary titled “Alaska Tribes: The Story of Federal Indian Law in Alaska” will be showing in Fairbanks for the first time on Friday, January 4th, at 3:00 P.M. The Showing will take place in the theater at the Morris Thompson Convention and Visitor’s Center, 101 Dunkel Street.

2012

November 21st  Tanana Chiefs and Wrights Air Announces New Passenger Service
Tanana Chiefs Conference and Wright Air Service are pleased to announce new passenger service to Koyukuk, Nulato, and Kaltag beginning December 3, 2012.  
November 12th TCC to Hold Education Summit
Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) and the Interior Athabascan Tribal College (IATC) will hold the 2012 Interior Education Summit on November 14th and 15th at the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall.
November 6th Ancient Human Remains Discovered on the Upper Kuskokwim River
A recent discovery in McGrath has the village buzzing with intrigue about their past. In early October of 2012, construction activity relating to a long-awaited erosion control project exposed ancient human remains.
October 10th Pike’s Landing Goes Smokefree
Tanana Chiefs Conference’ Prevention Program has partnered with Pike’s Landing to support them in becoming a smokefree restaurant. Starting October 10th, Pike’s will officially become a smokefree restaurant and will be offering free burnt cream or chocolate mousse with each meal purchase today.
May 23rd TCC’s Housing First Facility Officially Opens
Tanana Chiefs Conference has officially opened the doors to its new 47 unit Housing First Facility. The facility provides stable housing to the chronic inebriate homeless and is the first of its kind in Fairbanks.
May 6th TCC Implements New Video Visiting Program for Hudson Inmates
For several years, Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) along with the Alaska State Department of Corrections (DOC) have been working on bringing a program to Fairbanks that would allow inmates at Colorado’s Hudson Correctional Facility to visit with their relatives and loved ones here in the Fairbanks.
April 12th TCC Increases Reward for Information on Hartman Case to $35,000
Tanana Chiefs Conference is offering a $35,000 reward to anyone who has information that could lead to the exoneration of George Frese, Kevin Pease, Eugene Vent, and Marvin Roberts who were convicted of the 1997 murder of John Hartman.

2011

December 15th  TCC Announces Opening of New Housing First Facility
Tanana Chiefs Conference will be hosting an opening ceremony for their new Housing First Program this week. The new facility, which will provide stable housing to the chronic inebriate homeless population of Fairbanks, plans to open its doors to the public in early 2012.
November 22nd Doyon, Limited donates $1 Million to help Fund New Chief Andrew Isaac Health CenterDoyon, Limited is donating $1 million dollars to Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) in support of the construction of the new Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center (CAIHC). 
September 2nd HHS Secretary Sebelius meets with TCC Leadership
On Thursday, September 1st, TCC President Jerry Isaac welcomed Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius and Dr.Yvette Roubideaux, Director of Indian Health Services (IHS) to the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center for a special meeting.