Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak Annual Report 2013
Letter from John Reft…………………...2 Council & Mission Statement………....3 CEO……………………………………... 4,5 Natural Resources…………………….6-8 Sun’aq Tribal Enterprises…………….. 8 Programs Department …………10,11 Finance Report ..…………………...12-14 Staff …………………………………….. 14 Enrollment Department …...………… 14 Social Services…………………….16, 17 Youth Advocate………………………..18
4th QTR Newsletter 2013
idays, Happy Hol John Reft
Vice Chair, John Reft begins the egg take process at Buskin River
Mission Statement To promote pride and self-determination on part of the sovereign and indigenous people of the Kodiak area in their cultural heritage and traditions; to preserve and promote education, physical, economic and social well being of the Alaska Native individual, family and community and too restore to effective self-government reminding those who govern and those who are governed of their mutual and joint responsibilities.
Trisha Eldridge Chairwoman
Doreen Anderson Sec//Treasurer
Iver Malutin Brandi Wagner Council member Council member
John Reft Vice Chair
JJ Marsh Council member
Thomas Johnson Jr. Council member
Report, Robert Polasky
membership, to do our best to prepare for the future, to address needs and to respond to, and overcome, the obstacles laid before us. I’m very proud of our Tribal Council for filling the void, for taking on extra work, for being there and for continued leadership and guidance. I’m especially proud of our newer and younger Council members for their patience and willingness to learn, for asking the questions they must ask, and for taking on every task asked of them. “Tribe’s goal to establish enterprise is met”
his past year serves as a reminder to me of life’s fragility, its highs and lows, its fears and its rewards; and the challenges we all must endure, in different doses, at different times. At times, some life travels may seem unfair in comparisons to others. This past year our Tribal Chairwoman, Trisha Eldridge, was diagnosed with a very serious form of cancer and has undergone months of exhausting treatment, followed by surgery and more treatment. This has left us all with a heavy heart at Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak. We are all hoping and praying for her complete recovery and her return. Her brave fight serves as an example to us that the human spirit has great strength and we must give it our all, and we must be there for each other, as we are for Trisha. It is with a renewed sense of purpose that we move forward to serve our
I’m also very proud of our veteran Council members and in particular want to thank Iver Malutin and John Reft. Some folks retire when they get on in life and just take it easy, and then there are some folks like John and Iver who just get more focused on things they care very much about, and that is mostly you, our tribal citizens and our children and grandchildren. John and Iver are always there, all the time, every time we ask. They are and always will be cherished Elders. We witnessed many changes this past year. We recently discontinued our Economic Development Program. The program has met its original objective since being established some 7 years ago, and that objective was to establish a tribal enterprise. While we still have some ways to go toward profitability, and jobs, Kodiak Island Wildsource is now a well- es-
tablished value added seafood company. Our products are in demand. Our biggest obstacle is securing more inventories (fish). As it is, we sell everything we have, we just need more fish. I’m confident we will get there as we establish relationships with more fishermen and in particular tribal fishers. “Tribe presses towards its goal of land restoration” This past February we reached an historic accord with Coast Guard Base Kodiak with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Our overall goals, through the MOU, include addressing contaminated lands under Coast Guard jurisdiction, securing property use agreements and restoring historical tribal lands to the Tribe. The Coast Guard is working on assessing what lands under its jurisdiction are essential to its mission and what lands might be available for divesture. This is an important and initial process before moving forward. We have garnered the support of our Congressional Delegation and have been keeping local leaders and stakeholders informed of our goals and progress towards restoration of land to the Tribe. This past year the Tribe played an important role protecting tribal interests as the Federal Aviation Administration moved forward with plans to add runway safety zones at Benny Benson Airport. The Tribe participated in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process to insure safety zones would have minimal impact on the adjacent Buskin River and near shore area.
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s you know the Buskin River is one of the most productive salmon rivers on Kodiak Island and an essential subsistence resource to tribal members. In its final EIS decision the FAA included $450,000 of funding to the Tribe to study and monitor any effects on the river due to construction of the safety zone near the mouth. Tribal Natural Resources staff will develop the five year study and monitoring program. The Tribe will work to mitigate any negative affects to the river and near shore area revealed by the monitoring program. This project is just one more indicator of the Tribe’s increasingly important role in safeguarding our natural resources for current and future generations of our members. Sun’aq Tribe also played a leadership role throughout the year in response to a Federal Subsistence Board process for reevaluation of rules defining what characteristics make communities rural for the purposes of the subsistence priority on federal lands and waters. The Tribe’s anthropologist, Dr. Pamela Bumsted, coordinated our response and the community’s response to this opportunity. The Tribe has submitted comments with suggested language to regulations defining communities that if adopted by the Federal Board, will protect Kodiak’s rural status for generations and eliminate future attempts to change our status. Our rural status is
necessary to enable our members to continue to put out gill nets and halibut skates along with other uses. In other tribal news, I’m pleased to report our Employment and Training program received high marks and praise in a recent federal review. This program also provides scholarships to many young tribal members pursuing higher education. The development of our Tribal Court system took leaps forward this past year with official appointment of judges and adoption of court codes. Our tribal court can now hear cases related to tribal adoptions, youth misdemeanor offenses and Indian Child Welfare cases. Elsewhere in this issue you can learn more of our youth programs, our new tribal library initiative, our Woman’s Advocacy program and much more. I’m so very proud of our staff here. We have a great team and we are committed to serving you. I hope you have time to read elsewhere in this issue about our activities this past year and I hope you share with us our pride in Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak. Happy Holidays, Robert Polasky
Tribe and Coast Guard renew MOU
epresentatives of Coast Guard Base Kodiak met recently at the Sun’aq Tribal Center with tribal officials to review the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between themselves and the Tribe.
The MOU, signed in February 2013, lays out a frame work of cooperation addressing land use agreements, contaminated lands under Coast Guard jurisdiction, and potential divesture of lands not essential to the Coast Guard’s mission. From left to right in the photo down below are: Commander Frank Hinson, Base Kodiak Executive Officer; Bob Polasky, Sun’aq CEO; Captain Jerald Woloszynski, Base Kodiak Commanding Officer; Sudie Hargis, Coast Guard District 17 Tribal Liaison Officer; Iver Malutin, Sun’aq Tribal Council; Rick Rowland, Sun’aq Natural Resources Director; Juanzetta Swetzof, Tribal Response Program Coordinator; Tom Lance, Tribal Biologist; John Reft, Sun’aq Tribal Council Vice-Chairman; Commander Andy Brown, Base Kodiak Facility Engineer; and Dr. Pam Bumsted, Sun’aq Anthropologist.
“It's a Way of Life”,
by Rick Rowland
or quite some time now, at least the last couple of decades, the word subsistence has been used for describing what Alaska Natives do while collecting Native foods. In the english definition, “subsistence” basically means that it is a sub-category of food collection that is the lowest level of existence in order to survive. This has often been argued by Alaska Natives that it has a different meaning for them. The collection of Native foods from ancestral areas and eras is not the lowest form of survival but a way of life that has existed since time immemorial and emanates success. In our existence, the Sug’piaq, “People of the Sea,” we have practiced these customs and traditional lifestyle forever. Currently, customary and traditional practices are rights that are allowed for Alaska Natives that are defined different than subsistence, which is for all citizens under law. In order to avoid further confusion with bureaucrats and agencies the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak Natural Resources Department will work toward using the term “Customary and Traditional Practices” (CTP) in place of “subsistence” in the future. Many Natives throughout Alaska are gaining this understanding and are using CTP.
The Indian General Assistance Grant is administered to work on building environmental capacity for the Tribe, while researching environmental topics. When environmental issues, important to the Tribe arise, grant source applications are submitted to acquire funding to implement programs that will protect the CTP for current tribal members and future Alaska Native tribal members. The Tribe applies for many different grants and some are awarded. One of the recent successes for the Tribe was the ability to communicate with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) about the Airport Extension at the Buskin River. This process took over four years to complete but the outcome was positive for the CTP protection and preservation with an award of a five year study of the Buskin River area being affected by the 17 acres of airport extension fill. Coho Salmon were distributed to tribal members after the egg take.
Airport Project-The Tribe is received another grant which is the Federal Aviation Administration Buskin River Estuary study. A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed and positive progress is being made to begin administering the grant which will study the effect of the 17 acres of fill into the Buskin River Estuary and its affects on the salmon and their environment. The Natural Resources Department works to find and apply for grants that will assist with the long term protection, preservation, promotion and proactive production of CTP and the environment. Also, within the last year the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak has signed an MOU with the USCG Kodiak, Alaska Base related to communication and collaboration.
STK Natural Resources staff Rick Rowland and Juanzetta Swetzof, with volunteer Chaz Glagolich
STK Tribal Biologist, Tom Lance and Natural Resources Director, Rick Rowland showing the incubator and eggs collected from Buskin River Coho Salmon
The Tribal Wildlife Grant was awarded to the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak by the US Fish & Wildlife Service. After a recently submitted extension we hired the new Tribal Biologist, Tom Lance. Positive progress has been made since the salmon egg incubator arrived. During the first week of November the Tribe worked together with the Kodiak Regional Aqua-culture Association and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to gather and fertilize eggs from Buskin River Coho Salmon. The eggs were then, transferred to an incubator. Tribal members were encouraged to attend the egg take process since it was a historical event for the Sun’aq Tribe. After the eggs were collected and fertilized at Buskin Lake, they were transported in buckets (very carefully!) to the Wild Source plant location. These delicate Coho eggs were sanitized with a mild iodine solution, rinsed in chlorine-free water, and then loaded into our moist air Incubator.
Incubation creates a higher success of eyed egg survival, which leads to more fish returning naturally.
About 100,000 fertilized Coho eggs fully loaded in the moist air incubator will be chilled in highly saturated fog, which incubates them for several months to the “eyed-egg” then they will be returned to the restoration location above Buskin Lake. If anyone would like more details they can contact the Tribal Biologist, Tom Lance.
Drew, from Pillar Creek Hatchery prepares females for egg take as CEO Bob, Polasky observes. Continued on page 8
Continued from page 7 Protecting our Rural Status- The BIA CTP Grant’s second year advocates for the continuation of the “rural status” for Kodiak. Dr. Pamela Bumsted is working on developing comments for the Tribe about the criteria to determine what constitutes a Rural Community. Being an Island is one definition that is being used along many others, but the goal is to only have a “Rural Determination Process” undertaken if the community requests it. Library Grant– this is an additional grant in the Natural Resources Department which will network with the NOAA Fisheries Research Center Library on Near Island, the St. Herman Seminary and the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak Sun’aq Environmental Archive Library SEAL.
“Tribe Focusing on Military Debris” The Tribal
Response Program was granted an extension to focus on identifying and mapping military debris. Juanzetta Swetzof is managing this program and if you have information that would help her identify some location that can be put on a map it would be greatly appreciated. Doing so would allow for further communication with the EPA to have the area scheduled to be cleaned. Tribal members are encouraged to contact the tribe if an area that had military debris is remembered and if they would like to volunteer for Natural Resource Department activities.
The Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council has been successful this last year for a couple of different reasons. Previously a proposal was submitted to use migratory bird feathers on handicraft items that are for sale. This proposal has passed the AMBCC and has been written into a bill for the Congress to vote on. After it is passed, regulations will be created to make the laws to govern the process. We are eagerly waiting to see if it gets passed. Another positive step with the migratory birds is that there is progress related to communication about invitation, transportation from rural communities into non-rural communities and vice versus. The Tribe hosts two meetings per year working with communities from around the island about migratory birds and regulations while doing outreach and education.
Hundreds of Monitoring well tracking toxic substances on Military Property around Kodiak need to be checked regularly
Rick Rowland, Natural Resource s Director
Since there is now an abundance of reintroduced geese there is less habitat area for ducks.
Suna’q Tribal Enterprise celebrates highest poundage EVER!
ith the 2013 salmon season now behind us, the seafood plant has been procuring halibut, scallops and soon red crab in anticipation for the upcoming holiday sales season. We would like to thank our 2013 summer processing crew. This summer marked the highest poundage level in our companies four year history. The crew completed a large salmon fillet order for our customer- with the right quality –on time. Demand for our sockeye salmon products has been very good this year. We are working closely with the University of Alaska on Near Island this fall during the 2013 Alaska Seafood Processor Leadership Institute. Fifteen other Alaskan Seafood companies are involved, allowing learning and networking.
Chris Sannito CEO, Sun’aq Tribal Enterprises Inc.
Alex Troxell & Juanzetta Swetzof helping with egg take
Agne s workin McCorm ick g at p ackag and cowo ing S r ockey ker Amor Sa e Salm on fille bado ts.
Programs Department-Father & daughter take academic spotlight
J John Yakanak
ohn Yakanak is in his second year of college at Alaska Pacific University. John is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has overcome many challenges in his life. He stated, “My goal is to help at least one person see that there is such a wonderful life to be had without drugs or alcohol.”
He is interested in working in the substance abuse recovery field. Before going to college, John “felt that he wouldn’t even be able to get accepted to a college.” Even though John questioned his academic abilities as an “older” student, he was successful in achieving a 4.0 grade point average and was on the Academic Dean’s list for the fall of 2012/spring 2013. In addition to carrying a full-time class load, John is very active in Alutiiq language preservation and is currently facilitating a weekly language group in Anchorage.
Tatiana Yakanak graduated from Kodiak High School in 2013. She dove right in and completed the requirements to attend UAA-Kodiak College where she is pursuing her general education requirements over the next two years. After Tatiana completes her Associate’s, she plans to pursue her Bachelor’s degree. Her ultimate goal is to obtain employment as an elementary education teacher. Tatiana says, “College is really different than high school, the classes are shorter, you don’t have to sit all day long, and people are there because they want to be, not because they have to.” As far as advice to current students who haven’t graduated from High School, Tatiana says to “get good grades so you can apply for scholarships to help pay for college.” Tatiana has enjoyed her long-time participation as a member of the Kodiak Alutiiq Dancers.
Vocational Training Vocational training can be a very valuable employment tool for either obtaining employment or building on a
current position with an employer. Vocational training is usually a short term training where an individual completes requirements to obtain a license or a certificate. Vocational training options in the following areas may include; Automotive, Business, Cosmetology, Dental, HVAC, Healthcare, IT & Technology, Welding, Construction Trades, Travel industry, and many more. Sun’aq offers financial assistance for individuals who are seeking an endorsement to obtain suitable employment.
Sun’aq youth from left to right played on the Kodiak Grizzlies All Star Football Team in Palmer, Alaska (Derek Rastopsoff, Corbit Brewer, Wesley Schwantes-Santiago, Kevin Hochmuth, not pictured is Walter Brewer who also was selected to play for the Kodiak All Star team)
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HAZWOPER Training 2013 Sun’aq services for youth include but are not limited to, school supplies assistance, expenses associated with participating in healthy lifestyle and educational activities, academic tutoring, and cultural activities.
Assistance eligibility will be reviewed on a monthly basis.
Sun’aq’s Education Coordinator Sorona Abell, attends the Homework Club at the Kodiak Middle School offering referral services and transportation home after Homework Club.
To remove obstacles and solve problems that block the achievement of self-sufficiency through case management, referrals, training opportunities, and job search, to secure and retain meaningful employment, or to assist with essential living needs such as housing, utilities or fuel. Community Service Block Grants are limited to $450.00 per year, per household if the individual/ family meets income guidelines.
Brenda Schwantes is a committee member on the Indian Education Parent Committee with the Kodiak Island Borough School District. The KIBSD IEA Parent Committee has the responsibility to participate fully in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of all the services and activities under Title VII. Participation in IEA is an opportunity for parents with Alaska Native or American Indian youth to have a voice in programs implemented within the Kodiak Island Borough School District. Parents are encouraged to attend these meetings and become committee members. For more information contact Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak. General Assistance General Assistance is a service of last resort while individuals seek employment or social security, for example, all individuals with children are required to apply for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). General Assistance may be provided to a family who is awaiting a decision on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). General Assistance may be provided to a family who is awaiting a decision on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. If an applicant receives any comparable public assistance such as Social Security, TANF, or Adult Public Assistance, he/she is not eligible. If an individual is applying for Social Security or TANF and awaiting a decision on eligibility, an individual may receive General Assistance if they meet income guidelines. General
Community Service Block Grant CSBG funds are available to assist individuals who meet poverty guidelines with the following:
Child Care Assistance Child Care Assistance is a service for Sun’aq enrolled members. Affordable and quality child care services are essential for obtaining and keeping employment. Please inquire at Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak if you are interested in becoming a child care provider, or if you are not on TANF and seeking child care assistance.
Brenda Schwantes, Program Director
Sunâ€™aq Tribe of Kodiak Financial Report Governmental Activities
Current and other assets Capital assets Total assets Long-term liabilities Other liabilities Total liabilities Net assets: Invested in capital assets, Net of related debt Unrestricted (deficit) Total net assets
Business -type Activities
2012 $1,542.655 1,509,628 $3,052.283
2011 961.459 1,517,323 2,478,782
2012 125,188 422,613 547,801
2011 95,155 332,846 428,001
2012 1,667,843 1,932,241 3,600,084
2011 1,056,614 1,850,169 2,906,783
$ 530.436 1,386.825 $1,917.261
550,517 859,518 1,410. 035
31,495 64,994 96,489
94,892 50,500 145,392
561,931 1,451,819 2,013,750
645,409 910,018 1,555,427
$933.045 201.977 $1,135,022
922.369 146,378 1,068.747
377,652 73,660 451,312
332,846 (50,237) 282,609
1,310,697 275,637 1,586,334
1,255,215 96,141 1,351,356
STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES-The following condensed table of changes in net assets displays the revenues and expenses for 2012 compared to 2011 Revenues: Program revenues: Charges for ser49,577 49,577 vices 130,514 130,514 Operating grants 1,248,975 1,126,977 242,048 1,655,935 1,369,023 & contributions 406,960 Capital grants & 8,181 123,749 170.100 131,930 170,100 contributions General revenues: Sun'aq Tribal Bingo distributions 76,247 105,092 76,247 105,092 Donations 350 25,266 350 25,266 Rental income 108,914 125,599 108,914 125,599 Concessions 2,880 2,752 2,880 2,752 Dancers 44,042 27,294 44,042 27,294 Investment Income 20,011 (1,383) (loss) 20,011 (1,383) 12,471 Other 12,471 7,285 7,285 Total revenue 1,522,071 1,418,882 661,223 461,723 2,183,294 1,880,605
he Tribe's totalassets and total net assets increased by $693,301 or 24% and $234,978 or 17%, respectively, from the prior year. Approximately 82 % of our revenues before special items and transfers came from grants and contributions in both 2012 and 2011. The Tribe leases its facilities and its gaming permit with the net proceeds from these operations and other miscellaneous income providing for program match requirements and other unrestricted assets. The sole business-type fund, Sun'aq Tribal Enterprises, purchased equipment with grant funds which contributed $123,749 to the increase in assets of $168,703. Total business-type revenues increased by $199,500 resulting primarily from additional revenues received from the Administration for Native Americans to subsidize operations and capital purchases. Analysis of the Tribe's Governmental Funds The Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak' governmental funds are accounted for using the modified accrual basis of accounting. Governmental funds reported a combined fund balance of $202,977 which is an increase of $29,058 or 17% from last year. The increase is all from the General Fund and is mainly due to the following: ď‚ˇ
Increases in amounts granted for administrative cost recoveries from grants and contracts.
Reduction in cash requirements for debt service payments Decreased expenditures for nonessential government functions.
Health & Welfare
Community Services Environmental
Sun'aq Tribal Enterprises
Change in Net Assets before transfers & other items
Special Item-lawsuit settlement Special Itemmember distributions Transfers Net transfers & special items Changes in Net Assets Net Assets beginning yr
Net Assets end of yr
General Fund Budgetary highlights Actual General Fund revenues exceeded the final budgeted amounts by $107,110 and actual expenditures in 2012 were $390,114 less than budgeted. Positive budgetary differences came from various circumstances, one of which was higher than anticipated indirect cost collections from grants to offset General Fund expenditures. Capital Assets and Debt As of September 30, 2012 and 2011, the Tribe had $1,932,241 and $1,850,169 respectively, invested in capital assets comprised of buildings, land, vehicles, and equipment. All long-term governmental debt as of September 30, 2012 and 2011, excluding capital leases and compensated absences, was attributed to renovations to the primary building from which the Tribe operates. Outstanding governmental debt, excluding compensated absences, was $550,826 and $5694,954 at September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Outstanding debt of the business-type activities includes bank not payable of $44,961 for the purchase of a fishing vessel. Outstanding debt of the enterprise fund was $44,961 and $107,573 at September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Continued on page 14
Continued from page 13 Page 14 Of the total capital assets, $1,758,605 are in service for governmental activities and $480,700 are in service for business-type activities. Additional information on the Tribeâ€™s capital assets and long-term debt can be found in the notes to the financial statements. Proprietary Funds
Proprietary funds are generally used to account for service for which the Tribe charges customers-either citizen (e.g. Enterprise funds) or departments of the Tribe (e.g. Internal Service funds). Proprietary funds provide the same type of information as shown in the government-wide financial statements, only in more detail. Proprietary funds are prepared on the full accrual basis and include all of their assets and liabilities, current and long-term. The Tribe has one enterprise fund-Sun'aq Tribal Enterprises fund. Notes to the Financial Statements The notes to the financial statements provide additional financial information that is essential for a full understanding of the data provided in the government-wide and fund financial statements. Government-wide Financial Analysis The following table provides a summary of the Tribe's net assets for 2012 compared to 2011:
Left to right starting at top First row-Tom Lance, Delores Stokes, Second row-Virginia Abston, Linda Resoff, Sorona Abell, Robert Polasky, (below Robert is Traci Marsh, Third row-Sarah Lind Brenda Schwantes, Juanzetta Swetzof, Patricia Hester Fry Not showing in photo: Pam Bumsted, Hanna Sholl, Rick Rowland, Stevie Frets
Enrollment Department, Patricia Hester Fry Need address corrections Agnot, Douglas R. Alexanderoff, Katherine Dawn Alexanderoff, Lisa A. Anderson, Richard W Apalone Jr., William F Apalone, Diana R Arnick, Lucas G
Eckenberg, Clifford Michael Eggemeyer, Michael James Eggemeyer, Scott Gaberial Evans, Sashinka Anna Franker Jr., Jason Boyd Gilbert, Mikel Eugene Griffin, Marie Jean
Larsen, Brett Allen Lau, William James
Longrich, Nicholas Ray Longrich, Peter James Magnusen, Christina Lyn Manivong, Varvara Irene Martinez, Richard Kyle Foster McDougal, Brian Ashley Bravo, Cassandra Marie Hansen, Howard Lee Alexander Buck, Wyatt Thomas Harris, Jamie Leighann Mcgraw, Amber Jena Marie Bugni, Sarah Ann Heitman, David Wayne McMorrow, Nicole Lee McMorrow-Oberle, Malakai J. K. Carlson Jr., Axel Hochmuth, Glenn Cavell H. L. Carlson, Alva S Hoedel, Jennifer Christine Melton, Tanya Ranae Chase, Jennifer Lorraine Hubbard, Jordon Allen Merkel, Kalina Tatiana Chouinard Jr., Thomas Lee Hubbard, Shyan Rae Mitchell, Aaron James Christiansen, Joshua Jackman, Joshua James Mitchell, Michael John Charles Chya, Robin E. Jarnecke, Nida Jeannette Morrison, David Shawn Chya, Serenity J Jones, Brian Dion Neitzelt, Robert Franklin Clark II, William Burton Jones, Donna Lou Oleksa, Phoebe Ann Collins, Dorelyn Elizabeth Jorgensen, April Elaine Olsen, Katherine Marie Karabelnikoff, John Cozad, Cameron Jordan Paulsen, Nikki Juliana Holland Dalglish, Ann Louisa Keegan, Stacy Diane Pettry, Lacey Lee Ann Donnelly, Raynette Sue Kilborn, Christina Dawn Polson-Toteff, Sophia Claire Eagleston, Steven Dane Knauer, Coral Denise Reft, Alfred Carino Earl, Julie Wyn Kuust, Sara Jane Reft, Cheryll Carino Kuust, Scott Michael Richardson, Sharon Louise Please call or email me at the Sun’aq Tribe if your name is on this list. Also if you would like your newsletter emailed please give us a call.
ccording to the Affordable Health Care Act, in 2014 we will all be required to carry health insurance or be charged an “individual shared responsibility payment”. You can have an exemption if you’re a member of a federally recognized tribe. Alaska Native and American Indian people will need to apply for the exemption through a paper application that will be available in early 2014. You may need to send a copy of your Tribal enrollment card, Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) card, or other supporting documents. Please do not send originals as they will not be returned to you. Contact ANTHC to get a copy of the exemption application emailed or mailed to you as soon as the application is available. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Call: (907) 729-7777 or (855) 882-6842 and ask for the Health Reform team. You still need to apply for an exemption if you get health care service at HIS/Tribal health facility. This information is from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. If you have any questions about enrollment or need a notary, I can be reached at: 907-486-4449 Or email@example.com
Patricia Hester Fry Executive Admin Assistant/Enrollment Program Manager
BINGO at the Sun’aq Tribal Center is Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings. The doors open at 6:00 pm on those nights and bingo will begin at 7:30 pm Friday is a double session and doors will open @ 6:00 pm Bingo will begin @ 7:00 pm The second session starts @10:00 pm
Social Service Department
T Trisha Eldridge
his year our Tribal Court Judges have been selected, trained, and have started to participate in different aspects of the Tribal Court. These processes have consisted of reviewing policies and procedures and signing off on new forms. One of our Tribal Court Judges was able to take on the task as an official mediator in a State Court Case based out of Anchorage. The administrative portion of the Tribal Court has been involved in such actions as continuing the process of developing and reviewing forms, policies and procedures and codes and requesting transfer of jurisdiction from State Court to Tribal Court. We have successfully taken over jurisdiction from State Court to Tribal Court in one case; this case is currently being managed by our ICWA worker. We are in the process of setting up the final details for the Youth Diversion Portion of the Tribal Court. The Children’s portion of our court is up and running and accepting cases. If you have an adoption or guardianship that involves a Sun’aq Tribal member and are interested having this done through the Sun’aq Tribal Court please contact Hanna Sholl, Sun’aq Tribal Court Clerk at 907-486-4449 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
assessments and bond forfeitures of convicted federal criminal offenders. Victims of Crime New Grant Objectives are :
to provide comprehensive victim advocacy support and outreach, developing expanded educational assistance
to build assets that will help break the cycle of abuse.
Develop a juvenile foster support system for
Provide increased housing support and assistance to sexual assault victims to establish a safe, violence-free life for themselves and their families.
Develop a community and school harassment awareness campaign, as well as expand support for Alaskan Native youth victims of bullying and violence.
teens ages 15-17 that are either emancipated or can obtain a parental release for support through this new system.
We are in our second year of our Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program (TSASP). This award provides cultural relevant intervention, counseling and advocacy services to our Sun’aq members who are victims of sexual assault, including adult, youth and child victims, as well as family and household members of victims and those collaterally affected by the victimization. As part of this grant, housing support assistance is available for a period of three months to sexual assault victims and their minor children who desire to establish a violence-free life for themselves and their families and are in need of a safe home after fleeing an abusive situation. “Cookbook will include views from Native women”
On October 1, 2013, the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak received a new grant from the Office of Justice Programs, in the amount of $384,567, for our new Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance Program (CTVA). The money for this award comes from the Crime Victims Fund. It is derived from fines, penalty Sophie Frets
Eligibility requirements are that a victim be a Sun’aq member residing in the service are of Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak, be 18 or an emancipated minor, and must suffer, or be in danger of suffering physical, sexual, or emotional abuse which makes her residence unsafe and forces the victim to flee. This past year our housing assistance program supported three families who were fleeing an abusive situation. This is the last year of our STOP (Violence against Women) grant. We used this grant to improve quality and accessibility of delivery of services to Native women who are victims of domestic violence/sexual assault. Under our STOP grant, we are creating both a cookbook and a calendar. The cookbook will include interviews of Native women and a collection of their favorite ethnic recipes along with stories to empower other wom-
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en to live a happy and healthy life free of violence. The calendar will feature Kodiak Native women’s history, culture heritage and well being. Both will include lists of services and resources available for women locally and nationwide. If you have special recipes, stories, and tips for healthy relationships you would be willing to share with me for publication for the cookbook, please call me at 907-486-4449 or email me at email@example.com. You may also fax me your recipes and stories to 907-486-3361. Also under our grants, we continue with our women’s weekly craft group. This is held every Thursday night from 6:00 – 8:00 upstairs in the Tribal Conference room. Lots of beautiful crafts are made. This is a great way for women to gather together to build friendships and meet in a friendly atmosphere to talk, share stories and work on their craft; sewing, beading, knitting, crocheting, etc. This year we provided an eight week class on the Alutiiq beaded headdress, which was taught by Trish Abston-Cox. We had 14 women sign up to take this class. Periodically we will be offering other types of instructional classes, based on the requests of our participants, feasibility and availability of a class instructor.
During the year 2013, Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), has had on average of 12 active cases with most of them being out of State. Most of the children are placed in relative foster care. Over the past year, five of our children have been released from State custody and are back with their parents. This summer I had one child adopted. ICWA services are available for children who are enrolled or eligible to be enrolled in the Sun’aq Tribe. ICWA applies to children who are in State custody (Child in Need of Aid cases or CINA), from the moment they come into custody, until they are returned to their parent or adopted. ICWA can also apply to step-parent adoptions and private party adoptions. The ICWA program continues to recruit new foster parents in Kodiak. We have a lot of work to do in order to ensure the security of our Tribal children. One thing we can do is make sure we have the resources available to offer our children in need. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent or learning more about what being a foster parent means, please give me a call.
Linda Resoff, Social Service Department firstname.lastname@example.org
Tribal Youth Program
arah Lind, Youth Advocate for the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak has been operating under a grant by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for the past four years.
Facebook users wanting to share their experiences with drugs as a testimony to their destructive nature. One story of drug abuse and recovery was seen by over 3,000 people. Congratulations to our graduating Kodiak High School Seniors! Sarah is proud to say that our Tribal Youth program had nine graduating Kodiak High School Seniors this year!
The grant, which is now ended, helped provide service for 105 youth. Valuable partnerships were developed between the Tribe and other contributors in the community who made this mission possible such as Kodiak Island School District, Native Village of Afognak, KANA, KWRCC, Healthy Tomorrows, Office of Juvenile Justice, and the Kodiak Police Department. Activities and Services
Kodiak High School–CAMAI Club Sarah says Native Youth are involved in routine meetings during the lunch period at the Kodiak High School. They meet to discuss service projects, grades, culture, and to discuss what their needs are. This helps the youth to ask questions and get to know her as their Sun’aq Youth Advocate. Some events and projects they have worked with are this past year are: Making russian tea cookies Meeting for METH awareness Painting posters for Native Youth Olympics Cupcake bake sale DVD for METH awareness Doughnut day Meeting for Native Youth Olympics Posters for March for Respect Kulich making Forum on Drugs Civil Duty Day Program Survey/Pizza Party KHS Open Mic Native Youth Olympics BBQ Kodiak Community METH Forum Sun’q Tribe, in the past, has worked closely with any campaign that brings awareness about methamphetamines. This year the Tribe was invited to join Native Village of Afognak in hosting their community awareness forum on Meth. As the Sun’aq Tribal Youth Advocate one of Sarah’s projects was to coordinate the “Don’t METH up my life” campaign. She is delighted to report that over 100 people attended this
forum! Sun’aq Tribal Youth ProgramsAssists bowling champ! A young man was accepted into the annual bowling tournament held in Eagle River and Sarah noted that the Tribe was able to contribute to his participation, by assisting with travel costs. He placed 6th in the competition!
Tribe joins community for grief support The Kodiak Island Borough School District hosted the vigil for youth who were grieving the tragic loss of two students over the summer months. The event was hosted at the Kodiak Middle school gymnasium on 07/30/2013. Sarah attended to show support and representation of the Suna’q Tribe of Kodiak. Sarah is thankful for the opportunity to work with this generation of Native youth!
Native Youth Olympics Competition The Sun’aq Tribal Youth program allowed for assistance with this amazing program at the high school. The Native Youth Olympics have been in and out of the schools over the years due to lack of funds to keep this sport alive. Sarah was able to step in as the assistant coach for the 2013 NYO season, to help to alleviate the cost of paying an assistant coach. Meetings were held frequently with our Kodiak NYO team. Sun’aq advocacy on Facebook At past forums on drugs and alcohol here in Kodiak, Sarah’s department launched the campaign; “Don’t METH up my life’, a page dedicated to keeping Kodiak youth away from methamphetamines. After some time, she noticed ative Youth Camai Club-N
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Sun’aq recognizes Youth and Elder for awards
he Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak would like to recognize two of their tribal members who were nominated at the 2013 Alaska Federation of Natives Youth and Elders conference.
Florence Pestrikoff and Mandi Cox will represent that Kodiak Region as Youth and Elder of the year. Florence said “it was a great honor to have been chosen”. Florence was born in Akhiok and moved to Kodiak in 1988. She is very active in the Alutiiq Language program at the Kodiak High School, Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak. She was one of the original teachers in helping to revive our language. Mandi is also very active with the Alutiiq Language as she is a cadet teacher at Kodiak High School. Mandi has been with the Kodiak Alutiiq Dancers for ten years. Congratulations to Florence and Mandi!.
ATTENTION !!! The Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak Annual Membership Meeting Sunday, December 8, 2013 1:00 - 3:00 pm At the Sun’aq Tribal Center 312 West Marine Way The results of the election will be announced and door prizes will be given out. The Annual Christmas Dinner Will follow at 5:30 pm. POTLUCK AND SUPRISES!! Bring your favorite dish to share!
SUN’AQ TRIBE OF KODIAK 312 WEST MARINE WAY KODIAK, ALASKA 99615
Phone: 907-486-4449 Fax: 907-486-3361 www.sunaq.org