Reclaiming Our People

Over the last year, a Tribal Advisory Council was formed, made up of the TCC Executive Board, Health Board members, as well as community members to develop a plan that would guide TCC’s effort to Reclaim Our People. The Reclaiming Our People (ROP) initiative aims to promote health and wellness in our interior communities through four main goals:

  1. To perpetuate cultural identity within the interior (as a means to prevention)
  2. To coordinate/create opportunities for personal healing and community wellness
  3. To combat public health barriers to wellness in the interior
  4. To support interior tribes to protect their communities

Focus Areas

Our focus areas are:
  • Education & Prevention
  • Support
  • Treatment
  • Enforcement

Goal One 

Goal One
To Perpetuate Cultural Identity Within The Interior(As a Means To Prevention)

Support for Local Culture Camps & Programs
1.1 Offer grants to subregions to coordinate opportunities for Tribes to support culture camps 1.2 Create inventory of cultural educators and leaders in the region who can share traditional skills
1.3 Support Tribes to develop a schedule for year-round thematic cultural activities or education plans 1.4 Encourage leaders, and local cultural educators, to bring along youth on outings and other traditional educational opportunities (ex. trapping)
1.9 Validate and acknowledge, utilizing traditional local healing practices 1.10 Provide assistance to cultural groups for materials to make traditional clothing
1.11 Recognize individuals leading cultural or wellness activities 1.14 Support wellness counselors to attend subsistence camps or other cultural activities
Education & Prevention
1.5 Develop and share educational messages about the value and importance of cultural identity (Athabascan Strong campaign) 1.7 Provide all employees with cultural awareness training
1.6 Use social media platforms to support language learning 1.8 Research and provide information to Tribes about elder advisory committee models
1.15 Incorporate cultural and traditions into “Centering Pregnancy” and “Centering Parenting” classes 1.16 Work with school districts to embed Native culture into school curriculum
Support for Preservation & Documentation
1.12 Identify spaces within communities that house cultural and language materials 1.13 Provide support staff to assist with regional cultural and historical preservation efforts
1.17 Help Tribes to document community histories and family trees  

Goal Two 

Goal Two

To Coordinate/Create Opportunities For Personal Healing And Community Wellness

Education & Prevention
2.1 Implement postvention (after a suicide occurs) policies and protocols 2.2 Implement training for crisis response planning in communities
2.3 Train all staff in “Question, Persuade, Refer” 2.4 Implement Behavior Health Policy for post-discharge service
2.5 Enhance emergency response protocols 2.6 Acquire grant for Boys to Men coaching program
2.7 Train staff in curriculum to teach youth coping skills 2.8 Address stigma of shame for victims of adverse childhood experiences
2.9 Prevent, educate, and address adverse childhood experiences 2.13 Utilize healthy programs such as “Girls on the Run” and “Just move it” for diabetes prevention
2.14 Educate communities about historical trauma and its affects 2.18 Incorporate local traditional healing methods throughout TCC health care
2.21 Establish, implement, and support parenting and family program/classes (Ties into 1.15) 2.24 Improve communication between schools and families
2.30 Identify trainings for families and communities to better understand mental illnesses 2.33 Support and enhance vocational/job training opportunities for youth
Improve Quality of Care and Treatment Options
2.10 Improve quality of post-trauma care and follow up 2.11 Expand, implement, and support treatment and aftercare options
2.12 Seek options to increase accessibility of private treatment options 2.15 Implement and support new strategies to address behavioral health needs in communities
2.27 Plan to integrate addiction medicine into primary care 2.28 Ensure that all staff are trained on trauma informed care
2.29 Implement prisoner re-entry program 2.31 Increase patient access to services from BHAs
2.32 Develop or advocate for local option for lockdown residential treatment for at-risk youth 2.34 Implement BH telemedicine
2.35 Increase awareness of the ease and accessibility of residential treatment 2.36 Integrate behavioral health screening with primary care
2.37 Improve services for victims of sexual assault/domestic violence  
Support Community Wellness
2.16 Encourage and support local community wellness meetings   2.17 Encourage group counseling in communities
2.20 Make GONA trainings available to TCC leadership and in villages 2.25 Explore options for sobering centers or sobriety camps in villages
2.26 Present Reclaiming Our People action items and follow-up at subregional meetings 2.38 Support for people and families living with FAS and FAE
Advocacy & Engagement (??? Is this the right term)
2.19 TCC Youth Council advise on mental health issues 2.22 Recognize healthy elders
2.23 Support opportunities for Elders to share spiritual guidance with troubled youth 2.39 Advocate for redesign of General Assistance program to strengthen traditional values of work ethic & self-reliance

Goal Three 

Goal Three

To Combat Public Health Barriers to Wellness In The Interior

Education & Prevention
3.1 Provide resources to educate communities on bed bug 3.2 Hire an additional Environmental Health Professional
3.3 Study effectiveness of low water use hand-washing stations 3.4 Provide Tribes with a menu of OEH related available workshops and training opportunities
3.5 Research and assess urban environmental health needs not met by existing local services 3.6 Hire lifestyle and behavioral coaches
3.7 Hire a tobacco cessation counselor 3.11 Offer training to staff on low impact exercises to prevent elder injuries
3.12 Increase support and training for elder caregivers 3.13 Disseminate information on universal design for dementia friendly homes
3.14 Partner with schools and clinics on alcohol prevention education 3.15 Provide health and general nutrition education to communities to prevent diabetes
3.16 Provide education on the consequences of marijuana use 3.19 Provide opportunities for youth to learn about healthy activities and choices
Improve Quality of Care and Treatment Options
3.9 Implement and support early detection 3.10 Implement timely and effective treatment
3.17 Increase awareness of the importance of immunizations 3.18 Provide ongoing education for STD & HIV awareness and prevention
Advocacy & Engagement
3.20 Identify youth who demonstrate potential as natural leaders  

Goal Four 

Goal Four

To Support Interior Tribes to Protect their Communities

Education & Prevention
4.3 Develop and implement safety campaign 4.8 Develop and implement tribal code on addressing elder abuse
4.5 Introduce and offer training options for community sexual assault awareness and prevention 4.14 Encourage and enhance tribal guardianship for elders
4.17 Ensure domestic violence/sexual assault education is available and taught in schools 4.26 Educate community members to conduct bag checks for illegal alcohol and drug importation
4.32 Develop basic self-defense and safety awareness for individuals and tribal council’s  
Improve Quality of Care and Treatment Options
4.4 Develop and implement prevention, urgent after care, and post-trauma for sexual assault program 4.6 Hire domestic violence/sexual assault resource staff
4.7 Develop a rural treatment program for domestic violence/sexual assault services 4.8 Develop and implement tribal code on addressing elder abuse
4.13 Assess and improve screening for “are you safe” question for elders 4.22 Provide support to “safe houses” for youth in villages
4.24 Develop leadership training for youth in community protection 4.27 Increase access to drug recovery and detox centers
Advocacy & Engagement
4.1 Advocate to adequately fund and implement rural Alaska public safety from the State of Alaska 4.2 Seek legislation through Congress to authorize and fund tribal law enforcement in our communities
4.9 Identify and support opportunities for state and tribal collaboration for adequate law enforcement 4.10 Facilitate peer support opportunities for Tribes to share effective practices
4.11 Increase utilization of circle sentencing 4.12 Implement the Civil Diversion Agreement
4.18 Address ICWA needs within the interior 4.20 Continue to spotlight communities that are exercising sovereignty
4.28 Develop, establish and support a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program 4.29 Partner with State adult protective services
4.30 Advocate for rural case prosecution (District Attorney) 4.31 Advocate for and support rural victims of domestic violence/sexual assault
Public Safety
4.15 Increase the number of VPSOs within the interior 4.16 Develop re-entry program for domestic violence/sexual assault perpetrators 
4.12 Implement the Civil Diversion Agreement 4.19 Seek to encourage dually commissioned officers in the state
4.21 Encourage reporting of crimes 4.23 Explore potential of a judge (tribal court) exchange between villages/itinerant judges
4.25 Develop a region-wide tribal court  

ROP Prayer 

Reclaiming Our People Prayer

Developed in August 2016 by the Tribal Advisory Committee

My prayer for you, my children and grandchildren, my future and descendent, is that you know who you are and where you come from. That you know your culture and practice it. That you speak your language and are part of a proud, healthy, happy Native community.

I pray that you never know pain. That you live a life that allows you to grow up as a child with no fears, only a sense of safety and innocence so that you may grow into an adult who is grounded in your true sense of happiness.

I pray that you experience the connection to the land and animals. That you are skilled in tool making, traditional skills and learn what it is to be a strong Alaska Native. That you are given the strength and courage to be strong-minded and make healthy choices. That you have the best quality, culturally relevant education and believe that all things are possible.

I pray that you are at peace with yourself and with your family and friends. That you know your worth and love yourself wholeheartedly. That you forgive yourself and others. Never be afraid to speak your truth. Don’t be afraid to be you.

I pray that health and wellbeing surround you. That you live a clean, sober and drug free lifestyle. That you are empathetic, compassionate and find purpose in helping others.

I pray that you experience health, happiness and success, whatever that may be. That you are grateful everyday. That you seek guidance and direction from someone who is able to teach. That you know that being vulnerable is okay.

I pray that you are passionate, motivated, and filled with joy and hope. That you can make change in our community and be the young leaders of your generation. I ask that those who went before guide you to make the right decisions moving forward. I pray that you feel supported because you are.

Heavenly father, please help wise choices to be made. Protect and guide them to safety and help them to be aware of your presence. I ask for peace and healing in their bodies, minds and souls and that they be blessed in every good thing.


Sign the Pledge 

Sign the Pledge

I pledge to…

  • Make healthy choices in my life.
  • Be a positive example to others. Choose to stay away from tobacco, alcohol and drugs
  • Treat others with kindness and respect (the way I would want to be treated) and advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves
  • Honor my culture, ancestors and elders. Learn and practice our cultural traditions
  • Respect and utilize the land and animals. Our relationship is woven together by our ancestors
  • Have a positive impact. Be involved in my tribe and community as I help in the Reclaiming Our People efforts
  • Not journey this life alone. Offer encouragement and hope to others, and reach out to others when I need support