WHEREAS, the Tanana Tribal Council is the federally recognized tribal governing body for the tribal members of the Native Village of Tanana; and
WHEREAS, most if not all, villages in the Tanana Chiefs Conference/Doyon Region, suffer from alcohol and drug abuse issues stemming from trauma, which has recently resulted in a higher rate of suicides in our region; and
WHEREAS, there are not adequate amounts of in-patient Family Treatment Centers located in the Interior of Alaska to meet the high demand for long term treatment in a rural area; and
WHEREAS, Tanana aka Nuchalawoyya, “Where the Two Rivers Meet”, is a traditional meeting place for the region and we believe that a Yukon River based Family Healing Center, designed by, and belonging to, the Dene People of the villages, is the key to success in providing the tools for people and families to heal from addiction and trauma; and
WHEREAS, Tanana Tribal Council in partnership with TCC began a feasibility study for a Family Treatment Center in Tanana.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Tanana Chiefs Conference Full Board of Directors directs staff to assist Tanana in finishing the feasibility study and to seek funding, subject to the recommendations of the feasibility study, for planning and development of a Family Treatment Center in Tanana to be available to all Tribes.
Submitted by: Tanana Tribal Council
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