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Tlingit & Haida eNews 3.18.21
News in this Edition...
  • 86th Annual Tribal Assembly Notice
  • Tribal Court Associate Justices Solicitation
  • Tlingit & Haida Partners with AWARE on Kaasei Totem Plaza Campaign
  • Head Start Enrollment Now Open
  • Emerging Leader Application Period Open
Upcoming Virtual Events
  • Elders Talking Circle (Guest Speaker: Chuck Miller)
  • Indian Taco Medical Fundraiser for Tribal Court Justice Aurora Lehr
  • Lunchtime Chats with Tlingit & Haida (Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine Update)
  • 477 Spring Informational Event
86th Annual Tribal Assembly Notice
Tlingit & Haida is pleased to announce the 86th Annual Tribal Assembly will be held virtually April 21-23, 2021!

The Tribal Assembly is comprised of 116 Delegates who are representatives of their community and the governing body of Tlingit & Haida while in session. The Delegates will gather virtually to legislate and govern, conduct and manage the affairs and property of the Tribe.

This year, Delegates will hear reports covering the administrative, governmental and business activities of the Tribe, review and take action on resolutions, and elect two Associate Justices, a Delegate/Citizen of the Year, and Emerging Leader.

The Tribal Assembly will be called to order at 10:00 AM on April 21, 2021 and live-streamed on Tlingit & Haida’s Facebook page. For the agenda-at-a-glance and additional information on the upcoming Tribal Assembly, click here.
Tribal Assembly Highlights:
Theme: "Together We Prosper"
Tribal Host: James Jack Sr. (Juneau, AK)
Tribal Hostess: Bertha Hamilton (Ketchikan, AK)
Keynote Address: To Be Announced

For questions regarding the upcoming Tribal Assembly, please email
Tribal Court Associate Justices Solicitation
Tlingit & Haida is seeking qualified candidates to fill two Associate Justice positions for the Tribe's Supreme Court - one Associate Justice will serve a one-year term and the other will serve a two-year term. Elections of the Associate Justices will take place at the 86th Annual Tribal Assembly.

Interested candidates must submit a letter of intent to serve and three (3) character references to the Judiciary Committee Chair by close of business (COB) on Monday, March 22, 2021. Click here for the full solicitation packet which includes the Tribal Court Bar application.

Tlingit & Haida's Statute Title VI - Tribal Courts outline the following requirements:
  • A candidate must be over the age of twenty-nine (29) years.
  • A candidate must not have been convicted of a felony within the preceding ten (10) years.
  • A candidate must not have been convicted of a misdemeanor within the preceding five (5) years.
  • A candidate must submit three (3) character references attesting to the candidate’s competency and ability to serve as a judicial official.
  • A candidate must be a member in good standing of Tlingit & Haida’s Tribal Bar Association prior to the election.
  • A candidate shall be determined by the Judicial Committee to be well qualified, qualified, or not qualified to serve as Judge so as to ensure the candidate can uphold the integrity and dignity of the Court.

Note: The Judiciary Committee may require a background check by a law enforcement agency.

Interested candidates can submit a letter of intent and references to:
Judiciary Committee Chair
c/o Court Administrator
Email: Fax: 866.532.3558
Tlingit & Haida Partners with AWARE on Kaasei Totem Plaza Campaign
Tlingit & Haida has partnered with AWARE on the Kaasei Totem Plaza campaign to raise a Healing Totem Pole and two painted screens (Eagle & Raven) across from AWARE's Kaasei supportive transitional housing.
The totem pole, which was carved by Tlingit Master Carver Wayne Price, tells the story of a mother, daughter and small child on their healing path as they overcome domestic violence sexual assault and child abuse. The story of family trauma that led to the totem pole's creation is far too common in our communities and it is time to tell the story of healing with more clarity, beauty and inspiration. The Healing Totem Pole is a testament to the power of love and cultural supports, and the intrinsic strength of our people.
We invite you to support this project by joining the Kaasei Totem Plaza campaign. Your donation will help to construct the plaza and raise the painted screens and totem pole. To learn more about this project and/or to make a donation online, visit
Head Start Enrollment Now Open
Tlingit & Haida Head Start is now enrolling preschoolers for the 2021-2022 school year. All children ages 3-5 years old, or turning 3 years old by September 1, 2021, are eligible to apply.

Head Start is a free pre-school program that provides learning experiences for children and their families four days a week. All low-income households are eligible.

Application Requirements:
  • Income Verification
  • Current Immunizations
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Results
  • Physical & Dental Exams

For questions or more information, contact Tlingit & Haida Head Start at
Emerging Leader Application Period Now Open
Tlingit & Haida is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Emerging Leader position and encourages all Tlingit & Haida Community Councils to nominate a young leader from their community!

The Emerging Leader position provides tribal citizen youth with opportunities to learn about Tlingit & Haida’s governing structure, and gain valuable leadership skills.

The election of Tlingit & Haida’s Emerging Leader will take place at the 86th Annual Tribal Assembly.

Application Deadline: April 16, 2021

Application Requirements:
  • Must be enrolled with Tlingit & Haida
  • Must be 18 to 26 years of age
  • Must submit an application

How to Apply:
Upcoming Virtual Events
Elders Talking Circle (Guest Speaker: Chuck Miller)
Dates: March 18, 2021
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Location: Facebook

Join us this evening for a special Elders Talking Circle with guest speaker Chuck Miller! The presentation is titled, "Our Grandparents Teachings and Storytelling."

The Elders Talking Circle will be led by Lyle and Kolene James and held as a virtual event on Tlingit & Haida’s Facebook page.

For more information, contact Ann Stepetin at 907.463.7131 or
Indian Taco Medical Fundraiser for Tribal Court Justice Aurora Lehr
Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
Pickup Times: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: 320 W. Willoughby Ave. • Juneau, AK (Backside of Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall)
Price: $10 Indian Tacos • $5 Fry Bread
Join Tlingit & Haida for an Indian Taco Fundraiser this Friday, March 19th, to support Tribal Court Justice Aurora Lehr in her fight against breast cancer! Gunalchéesh, Háw’aa for your support!

Pre-orders for pickup can be made via the Toast Takeout App or website beginning at noon on Thursday, March 18th:
If you don’t live in Juneau, but would like to support Aurora, consider making a donation via PayPal or GoFundMe. (Note: Please include “Aurora Lehr” in the notes field)
Lunchtime Chats with Tlingit & Haida (Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine Update)
Dates: March 19, 2021
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Location: Facebook

Join us on March 19, 2021 for a Lunchtime Chat with SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Elliot Bruhl who will provide a special presentation on the current status of the Coronavirus vaccine and share information on how the vaccine works, its efficacy, common side effects and safety.

The Lunchtime Chats are hosted every other Thursday on Tlingit & Haida’s Facebook page as an opportunity to share information with tribal citizens on Tlingit & Haida’s recent and upcoming activities, programs and services. Each Lunchtime Chat session will include a Q&A period and close with a random door prize drawing.

If you are unable to join us online, each session will be recorded and posted to Tlingit & Haida’s YouTube channel.
477 Spring Informational Event
Date: April 3, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Drive-Thru Location: 320 W. Willoughby Avenue Juneau, AK
Registration Deadline: March 31, 2021

Join Tlingit & Haida’s 477 Division for a drive-thru Spring Informational event for a goodie bag giveaway, door prizes and an Easter bunny photo-op!

For tribal citizens who reside outside of Juneau and are within Tlingit & Haida’s service area, goodie bags will be distributed through each community’s village tribe.

For questions, please email the 477 Division at
Note: Due to federal funding restrictions, registration is limited to only tribal citizens who reside within Tlingit & Haida’s service area which is Southeast Alaska with the exception of a few village tribes that operate their own programs. This is an unfortunate reality of administering restricted funds. If you do not see your community listed in the registration form, please accept our apology and know that Tlingit & Haida is working hard to address this issue by generating unrestricted revenues through its tribal business enterprises so that all tribal citizens are served regardless of their place of residency.
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