December 7th

Tribal Visioning Meeting

3pm - 5pm

PIA Conference Room

Event Details

December 7th

Tribal Visioning Meeting

We invite you for a visioning meeting for PIA's Tribal Comprehensive Plan. Questions? Call Collin or Barbara at 772-3636.

3pm - 5pm

PIA Conference Room

December 21st-29th

Office Closure

Event Details

December 21st-29th

Office Closure

The office will be closed from December 21st through December 29th in observance of Christmas Eve And Christmas Day. We will reopen on December 30th during normal business hours.

January 6, 2020

PIA Election

8am - 7pm

John Hanson Sr. Hall (ANB Hall)

Event Details

January 6, 2020

PIA Election

8am - 7pm

John Hanson Sr. Hall (ANB Hall)

January 13, 2020

Tribal Council Meeting

6pm - 8pm

PIA Conference Room

Event Details

January 13, 2020

Tribal Council Meeting

Please join us for our public Tribal Council Meeting.

6pm - 8pm

PIA Conference Room

Welcome

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Great American Smokeout

Quitting smoking isn’t easy. It takes time. And a plan. You don’t have to stop smoking in one day. Start with day one. Let the Great American Smokeout event on November 21 be your day to start your journey toward a smoke-free life. You’ll be joining thousands of people who smoke across the country in taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing your cancer risk.


PIA Tobacco Prevention and Control hosted an art contest with the theme: Day One.


Winners have been chosen as follows:


Cedar Helms

Serena Helms

Kristina Barkfelt

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PIA Paratransit Van Begins Service on December 2, 2019

Call for a reservation 907-650-7788 *Passengers must call at least one day in advance to schedule rides.


Rides are available from 9:00am to 4:00pm.


This van is available for senior citizens (60 Years or Older) and persons with disabilities. 


Service area between Sandy Beach Park and Scow Bay Loop Road.


Service is FREE to eligible passenger and caregiver!


Use the van to go to the doctor, grocery store, post office, bank and more!



November, 2019

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During December, January, February and March, PIA will be open Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:30pm. 





November, 2019

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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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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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Upcoming Meeting agendas

Files coming soon.