October 17th

Tribal Transportation Bid

1pm

PIA Conference Room

Event Details

October 17th

Tribal Transportation Bid

1pm

PIA Conference Room

October 18th

Office Closed

Event Details

October 18th

Office Closed

The office will be closed on Friday, October 18th in observance of Alaska Day. We will reopen the following Monday, October 21st during normal business hours.  

November 4th

Council Meeting

6pm - 8pm

PIA Conference Room

Event Details

November 4th

Council Meeting

Please join us for our monthly Council Meeting. All are welcome to attend!

6pm - 8pm

PIA Conference Room

November 1st-December 2nd

Great American Smokeout Art Contest

Event Details

November 1st-December 2nd

Great American Smokeout Art Contest

 DETAILS:

  • Beginning on Nov. 1, the deadline for submission is Dec 2nd by 5pm.
  • Artwork must be original (owned and created by you)
  • All mediums encouraged (paint, draw, digital, sculpure, photography, etc.)
  • Artwork must reflect the theme "Day One"
  • Artwork must be turned in by 5pm on Dec 2nd. You may drop it off at the PIA Office or email submissions to tpc@piatribal.org
  • There will be a prize given to 1st place from each category

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Categories & Prizes:

Grade K-5 Prize: 5 Movie Passes with 5 Snack Bar Specials at Northern Nights Theater + 12 Punch Pass for Parks and Rec

Grade 6-12 Prize: Fitbit Versa Smartwatch 

Adult 18+ Prize: Fitbit Versa Smartwatch

November 11th

Office Closed

Event Details

November 11th

Office Closed

The office will be closed on Monday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day. We will reopen the following day, November 12th during normal business hours.  

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Welcome

Please click the button below to view our most recent PIA newsletter!

Salmon Emergency

Our IGAP Director, Brandon Thynes, attended the Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission Conference in Washington. The following information was released:


"Citing declining numbers of salmon throughout the Pacific Northwest, some indigenous governments from 

Southeast Alaska, Washington state and British Columbia have declared a “salmon emergency.”

“In the areas around British Columbia and Southeast Alaska, we’re getting low returns,” said Rob Sanderson Jr., fourth vice president of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. “There are some rivers that are not even getting salmon in British Columbia.” The declaration came out of a meeting hosted by the Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission (SEITC) and held at the Lummi Nation in Ferndale, Washington."


Read more here:  https://www.juneauempire.com/news/indigenous-meeting-declares-salmon-emergency/?fbclid=IwAR0oNNtBr0zhs-pMDiZFBp2gEwtRlGDTUJcH1xPTCYPpsSJt7hKZ4QJ2xKA 


October 2019

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IGAP and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Sarah Durand and Christi Scott, Rural Solid Waste Specialists with the EPA for the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), paid a visit to Petersburg. Jim Penor, EPA Tribal Solid Waste Liaison, also stopped by our compost site. Our site received rave reviews and the future of this operation is very exciting!




September 2019

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Jeanette Ness

Jeanette Ness, PIA's Tribal Services and ICWA Director and former Board Member, retired after 36 years of service to this organization. Jeanette served on the PIA Board for 30 years before taking the job as the 638/ICWA Director. Jeanette always went above and beyond to help others, and we know she will continue to do so. Many community members stopped by Jeanette's retirement party and expressed how she has changed their lives and how thankful they are to have known her. We share that sentiment and would like to thank Jeanette for all of the dedication and hard work she has put in for our Tribal Members, staff and community over the years. 



September 2019

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Landless / Alaska Natives Without Land

Alaska Natives Without Land is an advocacy group dedicated to uniting the five Southeast communities left out of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), for the purpose of restoring Alaska Native landownership rights to Haines, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Tenakee Springs and Wrangell. We are now united in spirit and in voice toward this effort.  


PIA would like to make this initiative known to our Tribal Community. 

PIA Welcomes the Arrival of New Mini-Bus

On September 4th, 2019, we welcomed the arrival of our new mini-bus. The plan is to start up a bus service this fall for our community members. The mini-bus holds ten people, with two spots for wheelchairs. The bus will provide free transportation for seniors 60 and over and people with disabilities. It will be a daily, door to door bus service to take people to places they need to go.


The transit program is estimated to cost about $100,000 a year to operate. Funding for this endeavor is through the Department of Transportation’s annual appropriations act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, FAST Act).


The bus is covered in art by local Native artist, Janine Gibbons. Each side of the bus is different, so be sure to check every angle! 


September, 2019

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Gunalchéesh

We would like to extend a large thank you to Adam and Evan Ware. Thank you for not only providing us with a seal for our 2019 Culture Camp and showing us how to process it, but speaking so fondly of Tlingit Culture and continuing to keep the culture alive.


Read more on KFSK:  https://www.kfsk.org/2019/08/19/petersburg-brothers-demonstrate-tlingit-way-of-processing-a-seal/?fbclid=IwAR1v5SLKm7HpnvuiJcPJuWmCGh2sG_n-ayUP74PNWmTRm3W2oMp9uL8ZYAo 


August 2019

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2019 Community Culture Camp

The 2019 Community Culture Camp has come to an end! Thank you to all who participated and volunteered your time!






August 2019

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4th of July

Our Tlingit culture was well represented at the 4th of July Parade! Thank you to the dancers and ANS!





July 2019

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Backpacks and School Supplies

The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska will once again be distributing backpacks filled with starter school supplies in partnership with all Southeast Alaska Village Tribes prior to the 2019-2020 school year.

All Alaska Native/American Indian youth are encouraged to apply! Deadline: August 2, 2019


Please stop by PIA to fill out an application or call 772-3636 with any questions!


Distribution will be on August 15, 2019 at 6pm in the PIA Conference Room.


Eligibility: 

-Entering Pre-K to Grade 12

-Reside in community of Petersburg

-Alaska Native / American Indian



July 2019

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Ancient Hand Maul Found Near Sandy Beach

Chief of Police, Jim Kerr, presented an ancient hand maul to our Tribal Council at our June 2019 Council Meeting. Jim found the artifact on April 6th. He was on the beach and saw a strangely shaped rock sticking up out of the sand. Hand Mauls were used to install ancient fish traps. When Jim contacted PIA, he was adamant that this piece of our culture remain with our tribe. We would like to thank Jim for presenting this artifact and helping us preserve our culture.













June 2019

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Graduating Seniors Presented with their Shawls

Graduating seniors pose with their shawls provided by the Johnson O'Malley Program.
The shawls were made by Council Member, Maryann Rainey and presented to the seniors at a ceremony last week. Congratulations to all of the graduating seniors!


Pictured: Chad Lopez, George Skeek, Matthew Espeseth, Avery Hermann-Sakamoto, Avery Skeek, and Tayla Heppe.


May 2019

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PIA Welcomes a New Tribal Administrator

 We would like to introduce our new Tribal Administrator, Tracy Welch.


Tracy has been on the Tribal Council since the 2017 Election, and Tribal President since August of 2017. Tracy is proud to call herself a Turtle Mountain Chippewa. She is a licenced attorney in the state of Oregon. She received her undergrad education at The University of Notre Dame, and received her law degree at the University of Oregon. Tracy grew up in Petersburg, and has spent 28 years of her life commercial fishing.


We are very pleased to welcome her to the PIA Staff!













May 2019

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Mural Restoration

This mural was created by Sam Wood, and restored by Janine Gibbons.
Restoration made possible by the Healthy is Here Grant from Searhc. The mural hangs on the side of the Alps building, a beautiful addition to downtown Petersburg.






May 2019

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Upcoming Meeting agendas

Files coming soon.