WHEREAS, Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) is an Alaska Native tribal health and social services consortium established by the Interior Alaska tribes and tribal communities, to provide a unified voice in advancing sovereign tribal governments through the promotion of physical and mental wellness, education, socioeconomic development and culture of the Interior Alaska Native; and
WHEREAS, A disproportionate number of Alaska people who are incarcerated are Alaska Native; and
WHEREAS, A majority of the crimes committed by Alaska Native were when they were under the influence of drugs or alcohol; and
WHEREAS, Many of our incarcerated Alaska Natives have unaddressed trauma, contributing to their substance abuse and poor actions; and
WHEREAS, There are limited services within the prison system to help the incarcerated with their behavioral health and substance abuse issues; and
WHEREAS, There are some resources available to persons re-entering society after incarceration, but most are not culturally relevant; and
WHEREAS, TCC has no formal re-entry program to help tribal members who so need the support and guidance to rebuild healthy lives, which contributes to healthy communities and families; and
WHEREAS, TCC has existing programs that could address the behavioral health, housing, education, employment and medical needs of our people leaving prison.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Tanana Chiefs Conference Full Board of Directors, subject to the availability of funds, direct TCC staff to create a TCC re-entry program to serve tribal members leaving prison; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that existing program resources and services be identified to be used or coordinated with the newly created TCC reentry program; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that TCC pursue grant opportunities to help support a re-entry program.
Submitted by: Evansville Tribal Council
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