PIA Conference Room
PIA Conference Room
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.
PIA Conference Room
Please join us for our monthly Council Meeting. All are welcome to attend!
PIA Conference Room
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
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.
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."
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
The 2019 Community Culture Camp has come to an end! Thank you to all who participated and volunteered your time!
Our Tlingit culture was well represented at the 4th of July Parade! Thank you to the dancers and ANS!
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.
-Entering Pre-K to Grade 12
-Reside in community of Petersburg
-Alaska Native / American Indian
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.
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.
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!
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.