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Tlingit & Haida eNews 09.5.19
News in this Edition...
  • Couer Alaska Donates Trailers
  • ASTRIDE Camp Held
Upcoming Events
  • Pamyua Benefit Concert
  • 35th Annual Only Fools Run at Midnight
  • Linking Generations By Strengthening Relationships®
  • Fall 2019 Study Group Sessions
Couer Alaska Donates Trailers
Coeur Alaska Kensington Mine recently donated f ive trailers to Tlingit & Haida’s Reentry & Recovery department to create housing for reentry clients.

The trailers, called “sleepers,” were previously used by Kensington Mine to provide sleeping quarters for miners working long shifts.

Tlingit & Haida learned the trailers were available after Kensington Mine upgraded their sleeping facilities and offered the trailers to the Juneau Coalition on Housing and Homelessness' member agencies. Tlingit & Haida accepted the trailers in partnership with Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority (THRHA) who has agreed to temporarily store the trailers on one of THRHA's empty lots until additional funding is secured to renovate the trailers and a permanent location is identified to operate the reentry housing program.

Mark Kiessling, General Manager for Coeur Alaska – Kensington Mine shared, “We appreciate the work being done by Tlingit & Haida’s Reentry & Recovery department. We are proud to contribute to their valuable work by helping fill the need for housing for our fellow community members as they reenter the community."

In addition to the trailers, Coeur Alaska – Kensington Mine also provided Tlingit & Haida with a $20,000 monetary donation to help renovate the trailers. Currently, the trailers are made up of four, double-occupancy, dorm-style units and will be renovated into single occupancy units, office space and bathrooms. The renovation work will be completed by reentry clients under the guidance of an experienced contractor and in partnership with Tlingit & Haida's Work Experience and On-the-Job Training programs, which provide educational, training and employment opportunities to help clients secure meaningful employment.

“This generous donation from Coeur Alaska is exceptionally helpful in developing resources for our citizens walking through reentry and recovery,” said Reentry & Recovery Manager Talia Eames. “The ability to access housing with a criminal record is especially difficult in our tight housing market. These sleepers will allow us to provide simple housing while our participants get the support they need to successfully transition back into the community.”
Tlingit & Haida’s Cultural Heritage & Education department held a camp August 29-31, 2019 at the Eagle River United Methodist Camp in Juneau, Alaska.

During the three-day camp, high school students listened to traditional Tlingit stories, participated in drumming and dancing, and learned how to process and smoke salmon among other activities focused on building social, emotional and resiliency skills.

“This camp was a great educational and cultural experience for both the students and adults,” shared ASTRIDE Coordinator Deena LaRue. “I was very happy to see our cultural educators, specialists and elders quickly connect with the students and provide place-based youth activities that highlighted Southeast Alaska tribal values, language, songs and both Tlingit and inter-tribal drumming.”

The camp was coordinated under the ASTRIDE (Achieving Success by Respectfully Targeting Individual Developmental Ecology) project, which is funded under a discretionary grant through the United States Department of Education’s Alaska Native Education Program. The project is an innovative program for Alaska Native students that focuses on increasing adult anchors (caring and connected adults), increasing student achievement, increasing graduation rates, and integrating cultural standards in classrooms.

ASTRIDE uses PHlight Club, a Brightways Learning curriculum, which helps students identify their strengths and work with adults and peers to solve problems while keeping each other safe, focused, respected and involved.

ASTRIDE partners include five school districts (Chatham School District, Craig City School District, Hydaburg City School District, Klawock City School District and Southeast Island School District); three tribal partners (Hydaburg Cooperative Association, Klawock Cooperative Association and Organized Village of Kasaan; and Brightways Learning, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Missoula, Montana. 
Upcoming Events
Pamyua Benefit Concert
Date: September 12, 2019
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Location: Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall (320 W. Willoughby Avenue • Juneau, AK)
Ticket Cost: $20/each ($10/each for Elders & Youth)
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Mark your calendars ! Tlingit & Haida is proud to host a benefit concert with Pamyua from 7-10 PM on September 12, 2019 at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in Juneau, Alaska. Pamyua showcases Inuit culture through music and dance, sharing indigenous knowledge and history. All proceeds from the concert will support Tlingit & Haida's Language program.

For more info, contact the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall at
35th Annual Only Fools Run at Midnight

Date: September 21, 2019
Time: 11:00 PM
Location: Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall (320 W. Willoughby Avenue • Juneau, AK)
Pre-Registration:  August 15 - September 19, 2019
Register Online:   click here
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Tlingit & Haida is excited to host the 35th Annual Only Fools Run at Midnight! The 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk/Wheelchair race will be held September 21, 2019 and will help raise funds for the Alumni Scholarship program. 

Pre-registration ($20) ends at 4 PM on September 19th. Awards will be given for best costumes, wildest centipedes (five registered people or more connected) and top finishers.

Note: Tlingit & Haida is recruiting volunteers for this year’s 35th Annual Only Fools Run at Midnight! If you want to join in the fun while supporting youth scholarships, please volunteer today!

For more information, contact Christina Vazquez at
Linking Generations By Strengthening Relationships®
Date: Every Tuesday (Sept. 3 - Dec. 10, 2019)
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Location : Vocational Training & Resource Center (3239 Hospital Drive • Juneau, AK)

Linking Generations By Strengthening Relationships® is a 14-week class that builds upon the Fatherhood & Motherhood Is Sacred® curriculum. The goal of the class is to help fathers, mothers and families build capacity to engage in and maintain healthy relationships and explore the truths and myths of strong, healthy and positive relationships. The classes are open to all fathers and mothers (married, widowed, single, or divorced). Dinner and child care will be available.

To register or for more info, contact Ian Petershoare at 907.463.7737 or .
Fall 2019 Study Group Sessions
Date: Mondays & Wednesdays (Aug. 26 - Dec. 18, 2019)
Time: 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Location : Vocational Training & Resource Center (3239 Hospital Drive • Juneau, AK)

Looking to maintain good grades or need some help studying? Tlingit & Haida’s Navigators program is ready to help you buckle down and get the most out of the school year! Sessions are open to tribal citizens students (6th-12th grade). Tutoring and homework coaching available. Snacks provided.

For more information on the Navigators program, call 907.463.7752 or email
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