The Petersburg Indian Association administers and facilitates a number of programs and services for our Tribal Members
*Temporary Assistance to Native Families (TANF)
TANF stands for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. The TANF program, which is time limited, assists families with children when the parents or other responsible relatives cannot provide for the family's basic needs.
*Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Casework
Large numbers of Native children are separated from their parents, extended families, and communities by state child welfare and private adoption agencies—even when fit and willing relatives were available. The intent of Congress under ICWA is to “protect the best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families” (25 U.S.C. § 1902).
General Assistance is a program that provides financial assistance payments to eligible Alaska Natives and American Indians for essential needs, which are food, clothing, utilities and shelter. We serve as many households as the funding allows.
PIA distributes traditional foods seasonally. When food donations are recieved, PIA will reach out to our enrolled Tribal Members. To see if you are enrolled, please call 772-3636.
Have you been thinking of your future? Trying to plan for a steady career? PIA has funding available for Tribal Members who want to further their education with a program that will give you a certificate. Become a medical assistant, plumber, welder, mechanic, nurse, etc.
Contact us to apply!
The Natural Resource Management Career Paths Program is a grant that PIA received to employ Tribal Youth to learn about the different career paths available in the Natural Resource Management field in Petersburg. This is a 6 week paid program where 3 youth and their supervisor will job shadow and volunteer for various organizations in Petersburg for Natural Resource Management career exploration. A couple of examples of activities include but are not limited to: invasive plants with the Forest Service, Business/commercial fisheries with the Marine Advisory Program, local fisherman, PFI and Icicle Seafoods, fish waste compost, Clam Surveys and testing water samples for paralytic shellfish poisoning with the PIA IGAP Department, law enforcement with the Alaska State Troopers and NOAA, Archaeology, surveying and fish pass reconstruction with the USFS, and more.
To view pictures from the summer of 2019 and 2020, follow the link below!
Thank you to all the volunteers and staff members who made this program possible: Liam Jackson, Nicole Peterson, Darnell Murray, Tori Shay, Ron Ware, Jack Galaktionoff, Tracy Welch, Maryann Rainey, and Tina Kerr.