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Recent Articles

Join Our Pocket Pal Adventures

I’m Pocket Pal! Thanks for allowing me to tag along with you as a part of my holiday adventure! I miss being able to visit and I’ve been running out of things to do here, so please include me in your day to day activities. Let’s have some holiday fun if you have time. Take me with you on your adventures and be sure to document our time together. It would be awesome if you’d take pictures of me so I can look back on all the fun I’ve had while I was visiting. Use the ideas on the right, or plan other exciting explorations for us! Because I get around a lot and I’m liable to pop up anywhere. Because I plan to post the photos of our adventures on Social media I ask that you help me not violate anyone’s personal privacy by snapping a pic of me alone and describing the activity I’m doing.

I can only visit through the holidays so please submit all photos and or documentation of our adventures any time between now and Monday January 4th, 2021. If you don’t have a way to take and submit photos feel free to just email all about what we did. Please let me know if you don’t want me to tell people about our adventures and I’ll keep them to myself, otherwise you can find me posting the photos and talking all about it on the TCC FACEBOOK PAGE!

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TCC Now Has Limited Access to Rapid COVID-19 Testing

Due to a shortage and delayed shipment to Alaska, Tanana Chiefs Conference will have limited access to Rapid COVID-19 Tests starting Monday November 23, 2020. Please expect your COVID-19 test to take approximately 3-5 days to result. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

Advocacy/Legislative Update 11.20.20

PCE and Rural Alaska is in the hands of new lawmaker With the election results settled pending recounts, the question now becomes just how a divided House might organize.  This is particularly important to Tanana Chiefs Conference as rural Alaska is in the crosshairs of the majority of Alaskan Republicans

Seasonal Depression: More Than Winter Blues

SEASONAL DEPRESSION As the temperature drops and the days get shorter, many people change their wardrobes and routines. But for people with seasonal affective disorder, the change of season is associated with a significant change in mood. This mood change can be overwhelming—causing them to experience a deep depression and

Advocacy/Legislative Update 11.13.20

Biden Transition Team Includes Chickasaw Tribal member With the transfer of power taking place in our nation’s capital, the President-elect has charged a team with making recommendations for key positions within the soon to be President’s cabinet.   Kevin Washburn, who served as the assistant secretary for Indian Affairs for the

TCC Moves to Limited Services

As COVID-19 cases increase throughout the state, TCC is taking the next step in preventative action. Starting on Monday, November 16th, TCC will begin a work-from-home order for all non-essential services. Most appointments at the Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center will be moved to either telephone or video conference appointments.

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 trucker, a heavy equipment operator, and a village public safety officer, but learning precise details about the body and then

Hughes Concludes Tank Farm Construction

Construction has just wrapped up on a brand new 80,000-gallon bulk Tank Farm in the community of Hughes, AK competed by the City of Hughes in partnership with the TCC Energy Program. The city of Hughes received an $817k Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) award from the state of Alaska

TCC Offices Closed Nov 9th Due to Bad Weather

Due to inclement weather and hazardous road conditions, TCC’s offices will be CLOSED Monday, November 9th. This is to ensure the safety of both our staff and those we serve. Services at the Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center will be limited. If you have an appointment scheduled – you may

Leadership passes to PJ SIMON

On October 13th, the Tanana Chiefs Conference Full Board of Directors elected a new Chief/Chairman to lead the organization – PJ Simon of Allakaket/Galena. Five candidates ran to lead the organization after former Chief/Chairman Victor Joseph who had completed his two consecutive terms. “I will work as hard as I

Recent Events

5th Annual Alaska Tribal Unity Gathering

Join us for our virtual gathering, providing an opportunity for tribes to convene and stay informed of critical matters tribes are facing. Register in advance for this webinar: After registering,

Offices Closed – Bad Weather

Due to inclement weather and hazardous road conditions, TCC’s offices will be CLOSED Monday, November 9th. This is to ensure the safety of both our staff and those we serve.

Opening of Services Upper Tanana Health Center

The newly constructed Upper Tanana Health Center will be opening its doors to patients this month. The new clinic will fully integrate behavioral health, lab, pharmacy, radiology dental, and medical

TCC Closed – Christmas

TCC including Chief Andrew Issac Health Center will be closed in observance of Christmas Day.

TCC Closed – Thanksgiving

TCC Administrative Offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving Holiday Hours for Chief Andrew Issac Health Center Nov 25th CAIHC Urgent Care Clinic 12:00PM – 5:00PM (Pharmacy,


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

Agnes Silas – CHA Spotlight

Agnes Silas, Minto CHA Some people spend a lifetime trying to find their passion, what they want to contribute to the world.  Others, like Agnes Silas, one of three Minto

Robert Keeling – CHA Spotlight

During his 27 years as a paramedic/fireman in his home state of Colorado, Dale Keeling thought he knew a lot about providing care to the ill and injured. Then he

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


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.


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