News

An aggergate feed of all the news, events and articles produced by TCC.

Recent Articles

Value of Digitizing Last Words to Preserve Culture for the Future

How a Language can be brought back to life by digital Records Jessica Charlie – Communications Coordinator The Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) Education Department was recently awarded a $300,000 a year Ch’oodoohk’ii grant from the Administration for Native Americans. The project—which will run for three years under the auspices of the

CHA Spotlight: Shanice Albert – Northway Health Aide

When you see the TV coverage of how the Corona virus is overwhelming the U.S. health care system, the stories are about hospitals. Dressed in gear that looks like it was designed for space travel, the front line workers talk about how physically and emotionally exhausted they are, how they

Updates on the COVID-19 Vaccine

At this time TCC has a very limited quantity of COVID-19 vaccines and will be prioritizing vaccinating individuals in accordance with federal guidelines. The Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center is not booking appointments for individuals requesting the vaccine. We will continue to keep our patients and tribes updated as information changes daily.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update – KRFF 89.1

Chief/Chairman PJ Simon, Executive Director of Health Services Jacoline Bergstrom, and Employee Health Medical Supervisor Dr. Leif Thompson will be live on KRFF 89.1 this morning, December 15th at 11:00am to provide updates on the COVID-19 vaccine. You can tune in at https://www.krff891.com/ Jacoline BergstromExecutive Director of Health Services PJ

The COVID-19 Vaccine is Coming

TCC is anticipating the arrival of our COVID-19 vaccine sometime this week. We have an extremely limited quantity that has been allocated to us. We will be prioritizing vaccinating individuals in accordance with federal guidelines. At this time, our clinic is unable to book appointments for individuals requesting the vaccine.

TCC Seeks Help On Missing Persons

Tanana Chiefs Conference is asking for your help in locating Frank Minano, Debbie Nictune, Doren Sanford, and Willis Derendoff. All have gone missing in the Fairbanks area. If you have any information on the whereabouts of these individuals please contact any of these agencies: Alaska State Troopers at 907-451-5100 Fairbanks

Advocacy/Legislative Update 12.11.20

Budget Woes… The Governor dropped his budget today. It has a lot of vague description – look for $294.6 million in undesignated cuts, a future bond package, a full PFD, and a massive raid on the earnings reserve.  Press release here. Battle lines are drawn in race to organize It

Request for Proposals For CPJTB Restrooms Upgrade Floors 2, 3, 4, and 6

The Restroom Upgrades Project is comprised of two main design components; 1)replication of the 5th floor restroom upgrades in both architecture and interior design forthe community restrooms on floors 2, 3, and 4; and 2) a complete interior renovation of the 6th floor single user restroom on the west side

The Year That Keeps on Giving: A Tale of Spending and Audits

By Marna Sanford – Government Relations Coordinator & Ben Shilling – Deputy Financial Officer What a year!  So much has happened this year that you have probably forgotten it was just months ago that Prince Harry and Megan Markle announced they were leaving the royal family and the west coast

CHA Spotlight: Mariah Bifelt – Itinerant

By: Linden Staciokas Mariah Bifelt knew a number of health aides growing up, including her own aunt.  But she never considered being one until she moved back to her home village of Hughes.  “I was born in Fairbanks but raised in Hughes, leaving when I was an adult.  I returned

Recent Events

COVID-19 Vaccine Radio Show

Join Chief/Chairman PJ Simon, Health Services Director Jacoline Bergstrom, and Senior Medical Officer Dr.Alisa Alexander this Friday, January 15th at 11:00am on KRFF 89.1 Voice of Denali where they will

Inspiring Girls Expeditions Information Session

Learn more on a free opportunity for 16 and 17 year old girls to participate in unique wilderness science expeditions across Alaska. https://events-na11.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/1083313451/en/events/event/shared/1216630002/event_landing.html?sco-id=3088541329

TCC Closed – Traditional Chiefs Day

TCC Administrative Offices will be closed in observance of Traditional Chiefs Day.Chief Andrew Issac Health Center will be operating at limited staffing.

Health

CHA Spotlight: Mariah Bifelt – Itinerant

By: Linden Staciokas Mariah Bifelt knew a number of health aides growing up, including her own aunt.  But she never considered being one until she moved back to her home

CHA Spotlight – Herbie Demit

Sometimes you go looking for a job, and sometimes the job finds you.  Herbert “Herbie” Demit never had any intention of becoming a health aide.  He’d been a carpenter, a

Betty jo Schmitz – CHA Spotlight

What do you do when you are in your 60s, your children have left home and your husband has retired?  Not many people would say, “I think I’ll become a

Tina Nollner – CHA Spotlight

The residents of Circle had no idea that the frightening illness of the recent newcomer would bring health to the entire community, but it did.  Tina Nollner recalls, “I moved

Public Safety

HB287 & SB231

Village Public Safety Officer Grants House: HB287 Sponsor(s): REPRESENTATIVES KOPP, Edgmon, Shaw, Zulkosky, Lincoln, Foster Senate: SB231  SENATORS OLSON, Bishop, Hoffman, Stedman, Gray-Jackson, Stevens, Revak, Kawasaki, Geissel TCC’s Stance: Support

Resolution 2019-04: Improve Public Safety in Rural Alaska

WHEREAS, Native people were systematically disenfranchised by colonization and as a result suffer from historical trauma, which can exacerbate the prevalence of substance abuse, alcoholism, and violence in traditionally healthy

Energy

Advocacy/Legislative Update 2.28.20

Oil and Gas Companies Are Totally Awesome A ballot initiative that would change the way that oil and gas tax credits are calculated has been certified to appear on the

Fort Yukon Solar Electric Project

Near the confluence of the Yukon and Porcupine Rivers in Fort Yukon, Alaska functions an 18KW grid tied solar electric system. The system was funded through the cooperative efforts of

Galena Biomass Energy Project

Replaces the Gila Interior Learning Academy (GILA) diesel heating system with a biomass district heat system.

Forestry

Cancelled Emergency Firefighter Refreshers

2020 spring RT-130 fireline safety refresher training & pack test has been canceled. This is due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health and community safety concerns, all of the pack

Resolution 2017-11: Emergency Firefighter Employment

WHEREAS, Ruby and many villages in the TCC Region have an expertly trained Emergency Firefighter Crew; and WHEREAS, This past summer has yielded few threatening fires in Alaska, thus greatly affecting the