2014 Annual Convention: “The Time is Now”

March 6th, 2014

Contact: Greg Bringhurst, Communications Manager – (907) 452-8251 ext. 3288

Fairbanks, Alaska— 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”

Tribal members representing 42 communities from across Interior Alaska will convene for the four day convention.  Attendees also include youth representatives, state and federal officials, health providers, various organization representatives, and the general public.

This Year’s Convention Theme:

The theme, “The Time is Now”, was inspired by a report released in November 2013 by the Indian Law and Order Commission which was titled ‘Reforming Justice for Alaska Natives: The Time is Now’. The report took a close look at the public safety issues in Alaska, specifically the lack of public safety in many rural Alaskan communities.

“The time is now to have some real discussion, and results, regarding public safety in Rural Alaska. That is why we selected this year’s theme and keynote speaker,” said TCC President, Jerry Isaac. “Over the week, we will hear discussion and genuine concerns from Tribal members.  Although this will be my last convention as TCC President, I am looking forward to seeing old friends and having another successful convention while we welcome our incoming President.”

Keynote Speaker:

Troy A. Eid has been selected as the Keynote speaker for this year’s convention. Eid, who resides in Denver, Colorado, is the Chairman of the Indian Law and Order Commission, the national advisory commission to President Obama and Congress on strengthening justice throughout Indian Country and Alaska Native communities.  Troy served as the United States Attorney for the District of Colorado, appointed by President George W. Bush, from 2006-09.  He was appointed to the Commission by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and unanimously elected Chair by the Commission’s members in 2011. Eid is Principal Shareholder with the law firm of Greenberg Traurig LLP, where he co-chairs the American Indian Law Practice Group.  Since 2007, he’s taught American Indian Law at the University Of Colorado School Of Law. 


Elections will be held for the following positions:

  • TCC President/Chairman (currently held by Jerry Isaac)
  • TCC Executive Board of Directors

–          Upper Tanana Subregion

–          Yukon Koyukuk Subregion

  • TCC Regional Health Board

–          Yukon Flats Subregion

Elections continued;

  • TCC Education Council

–          Lower Yukon Subregion

–          Yukon Tanana Subregion

–          Yukon Flats Subregion

–          Yukon Koyukuk Subregion

  • Interior Athabascan Tribal College Board  Trustees

–          Seat B –  Upper Kuskokwim Subregion

–          Seat C  – Upper Tanana Subregion

  • AFN Village Representative
  • IRHA Board of Commissioners

Convention Topics & Press Events of Interest:

Delegates will discuss a variety of important issues such as public safety, sustainable energy, forestry, Arctic policy, village economics, hunting and fishing, client development, health, and education.

Although the convention is open daily, events of interest for members of the press include:

  • Building for an Energy-Stable Future, Energy Panel – Monday March 10th, 10:00 a.m.
  • TCC Presidential Candidate Speeches – Monday March 10th, 1:15 p.m.
  • Chamber of Commerce Community Reception (Tribal Hall) – March 10th, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Keynote Address, Troy A. Eid – Tuesday, March 11th, 10:15 a.m.
  • Congressman Young Address – Tuesday, March 11th, 11:15 p.m.
  • Senator Lisa Murkowski Address – Tuesday, March 11th, 11:30 p.m.
  • Senator Mark Begich Address – Tuesday, March 11th, 11:45 p.m.
  • Emerging Challenges in Warming Arctic, Nikoosh Carlo and Fran Ulmer – March 11th, 1:15 p.m.
  • Elections – March 13th, 10:00 a.m.
  • Swearing in of New TCC President – March 13th, 12:00 p.m.
  • TCC Potlatch – In honor of outgoing & new incoming TCC President – March 13th, 5:30 p.m.


About Tanana Chiefs Conference:

TCC is a non-profit organization that works toward meeting the health and social service challenges for more than 10,000 Alaska Natives spread across a region of 235,000 square miles in Interior Alaska