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Tlingit & Haida eNews - 11.21.18
Controlled Burn to Take Place at Future Site of Cultural Immersion Park
The building formerly known as the Thane Ore House (4400 Thane Road) in Juneau, Alaska is scheduled to be razed through a controlled burn over the weekend (November 24-25, 2018) as part of a unique training exercise for the Capital City Fire and Rescue department. Permitting to perform a live fire training on the city-owned property was issued by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation on November 13, 2018.

The building sits on waterfront land owned by the City and Borough of Juneau (CBJ) which Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Tlingit & Haida) is leasing under a 35-year land lease agreement that was secured in 2016 to develop a cultural immersion park. Although the original plan was for the building to be restored in the style of a traditional longhouse, a structural engineer’s report completed by PND Engineers deemed the building to be unsalvageable. Since then, Tlingit & Haida has been performing site cleanup for the demolition of the building.

In addition to the land lease, Tlingit & Haida also secured a sublease on an adjacent property with AJT Mining Properties owned by AVISTA Corporation.

Once the building has been cleared from the property, plans for construction can begin. A feasibility study completed in 2017 and funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration provided a comprehensive report on the viability of the cultural immersion park project, estimated construction costs and conceptual plans. Current plans are to construct a new building and retrofit an existing building to house a restaurant with a performance stage, gift shop, cultural exhibit, carving shed and covered stands to provide interactive demonstrations to visitors on the traditional art of basket weaving and carving canoes, paddles, masks, and totem poles.

With construction costs estimated to be $7 million, Tlingit & Haida’s main focus will be to develop a funding strategy that identifies grants, private endowments, and fundraising opportunities to help cover the construction costs with a targeted completion date of the summer of 2020.

Gunalchéesh, Háw’aa  (Thank You) to the City & Borough of Juneau, Capital City Fire and Rescue Department, Thane Neighborhood Association, and all Juneau community members who continue to support the Tlingit & Haida Cultural Immersion Park.

If you would like to support the Tlingit & Haida Cultural Immersion Park project, please consider making a donation.

Southeast Alaska Native Allotment Survey
Tlingit & Haida’s Native Lands & Resources (NLR) department is developing planning documents for Native allotments in the Southeast Alaska Management Unit that will include a timber inventory report, forest management plan, and initial environmental assessment.

In 2017 and 2018, NLR was awarded a contract with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to conduct field work and collect forest data on many allotments throughout the Southeast Alaska Management Unit. With a summary inventory report in progress, an environmental assessment and a forest management plan to address potential commercial timber harvest and best management practices are being developed.

The decision to establish a forest management plan rests solely with Native allotment owner(s) and will be implemented by Southeast forestry service providers. NLR is seeking comments from Native allotment owners to identify issues and concerns specific to forest management.

If you are a Southeast Alaska Native Allotment owner and would like to submit comments, please complete the short survey.

Survey Period: November 15-February 15, 2018

For more information, contact Native Lands & Resources Manager, Desiree Duncan at or Natural Resource Specialist Kenneth Weitzel at 1.800.344.1432 ext. 7189 or
Job & Resource Fair
Are you looking for a better job or to re-enter the workforce? Join Tlingit & Haida a Job & Resource Fair on November 28, 2018 at the Centennial Hall! There are a lot of great job opportunities so let us help you find your next career in Juneau, Alaska! Dress for success and don't forget to bring your resumé!

If you are a local business owner or resource organization, Tlingit & Haida invites you to participate in the Job & Resource Fair. To secure a table, please contact Veronica Hoyle at 907.463.7176 or .
Share the Warmth - Winter Supply Drive
Caring is sharing! Please consider helping Tlingit & Haida help those in need and take this opportunity to give warmth to someone this winter. You can donate any new or “gently used” winter wear, hygiene products, or non-perishable food items.

Juneau Collection Sites
Downtown Locations:
  • Andrew Hope Building (320 W. Willoughby Ave. - Third Floor)
  • Sacred Grounds Café (320 W. Willoughby Ave. - Main Floor)
Valley Locations:
  • Edward K. Thomas Building (9097 Glacier Hwy.)
  • TANF Office (3075 Vintage Blvd.)

Gunalchéesh, Háw’aa for helping our community stay warm this winter!
477 Division Holiday Brunch & Informational Fair
Bring your kids and join Tlingit & Haida’s 477 Division for a Holiday Brunch & Informational Fair at 10 AM on December 8, 2018 at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in Juneau! 

Stop by to learn about the the Tribe’s Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation, Employment & Training, Child Care, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families services while your kids have fun. Family friendly activities include cookie decorating, Christmas card making, coloring, photos, bath bomb making, and much more! All ages are welcome to attend. Note: Children must be accompanied by a parent. 

Questions? Please contact Veronica Hoyle at 907.463.7176 or .
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