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THRHA Board of Commissioners Vacancy Notice

There are currently two (2) seats open on the Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority's (THRHA) Board of Commissioners. Candidates are being sought from all Tlingit & Haida communities that have designated THRHA as their Tribally Designated Housing Entity under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) or those that have THRHA Housing Inventory in their community. The Executive Council is seeking robust candidates who have strong communication skills, experience and expertise in analyzing financial reports, regular access to internet in order to be responsive to board action and meetings.

THRHA is governed by a five-member board appointed by Tlingit & Haida’s Executive Council. Each commissioner serves a three-year term and the board meets quarterly to develop THRHA’s policies, procedures and vision.

If you wish to be considered, please submit a letter of interest, declaration of intent to serve, biography, and current résumé by Friday, March 23, 2018. Submissions may be mailed, faxed, or emailed attention:

Heather Gatti, Office of the President
Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
9097 Glacier Highway • Juneau, AK 99801
Toll Free 1.800.344.1432 ext. 7142 • 907.463.7142 • Fax: 888.335.8981
Email: hgatti@ccthita-nsn.gov

Statutory Qualifications:
Per Alaska Statute 18.55.996 Establishment of Regional Housing Authorities, authorization is given to Tlingit & Haida in the appointment of members to the THRHA Board of Commissioners. THRHA Bylaws also define the following for board members:

  • Must reside in a community that utilizes the Authority as its Tribally Designated Housing Entity under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act.
  • May not be a current employee, vendor or contractor of the Authority, or any business conflict with THRHA.
  • Must possess professional or management level career experience with additional consideration given to finance, legal, business, banking, real estate, government agency, non-profit or housing related work experience.
  • No history of child or sexual abuse.
  • Must be of upstanding moral character.
  • Must not have a history of moral turpitude.

Public Comment Period for 2016-2020 CEDS Update

Tlingit & Haida’s Business & Economic Development department has recently updated its component of the 2016-2020 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) plan for Southeast Alaska and is requesting input from tribal citizens for a 30-day public comment period. The purpose of CEDS is to initiate and sustain a local planning and implementation process by which jobs are created, more stable and diversified economies are fostered, and living conditions are improved. It is a mechanism for coordinating economic development activities and is a valuable tool for bringing focus to the planning and development efforts of these unique and diverse communities throughout the region.

CEDS Update / CEDS Appendices

How to Provide Comment:
Email comments to deptbedd@ccthita-nsn.gov or mail to:
Business & Economic Development Department
320 W. Willoughby Avenue, Ste. 300
Juneau AK 99801

If you have any questions regarding the draft CEDS Plan, please contact Economic Development Specialist Annette Ulmer at 1.800.344.1432 ext. 7121, 907.463.7121, or aulmer@ccthita-nsn.gov.

Support the Tlingit & Haida Cultural Immersion Park

A 35-year lease agreement has been signed with the City & Borough of Juneau (CBJ)for the development of a cultural immersion park on a waterfront property owned by CBJ. The next step of the project is to complete a feasibility study on the property and begin the process of raising funds and applying for grants. Tlingit & Haida can't wait to move forward, but needs your support! A GoFundMe has been setup to support the construction of the cultural immersion park and raise matching funds for viable grant funding opportunities!

The cultural immersion park is a powerful instrument that will promote cultural awareness and preservation. It will not only perpetuate our Tlingit and Haida cultures, but will be a focal point in our community where residents and visitors can discover the richness of our cultures, ask questions, and broaden their awareness that our culture is still very much alive. This project is also a long-term commitment of the Tribe to support commerce and workforce development, job creation, our local economy, and creating opportunities for our people.

The cultural immersion park will include a building retrofitted with a traditional long house facade that will house a restaurant, gift shop, and cultural exhibit of repatriated items and the history of Tlingit and Haida people. Visitors will be able to enjoy traditional Native foods like blueberries, salmon, and Hudson Bay tea while watching dance performances. The gift shop will offer authentic Native art and souvenirs available for sale. Visitors will also be able to participate in guided tours with interactive demonstrations on the traditional art of basket weaving and carving canoes, paddles, masks, and totem poles. The restaurant will be closed for the winter, but the carving shed will remain open to provide a space for Native artists to carve and weave, hone their crafts, and host educational classes on metal and wood carving, basket weaving, form line design, and language. The facilities will also be available for rent in the off-season for board retreats, weddings, and more.

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