A message from Samantha Ange, Facilities Director

Hello Everyone! It is that time of year again for year-end reports and monitoring of programs. As a NAHASDA Indian Housing Block Grant recipient, our department must complete an annual internal review. Self-Monitoring is intended to provide reasonable assurance that program goals and objectives are met, resources are adequately safeguarded and efficiently used, reliable data obtained, maintained and disclosed in reports, and policies and regulations are compliant at all levels and in all functions.

A Self-Monitoring Compliance Assessment was completed for the period of October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020 (FY2020). No open findings or areas of noncompliance were found.

Our Annual Performance Report (APR) for FY2020 with the results of the Self-Monitoring Compliance Assessment included must be made available for public review and comment for a minimum of 5 business days to all citizens in our jurisdiction.

Our Annual Self-Monitoring Compliance Assessment and Performance Report(s) are available December 17, 2020 for public review and comment. Reports can be emailed or mailed upon request. Our offices are closed to the public due to COVID-19.

These reports will be available for public review and comment until December 23, 2020.

Please contact me to request a copy of the report or with any comments or questions at (907) 745-0749 or smange@chickaloon-nsn.gov

Tsin’aen (Thank you),
Samantha Ange, Facilities Director

Tribal Climate Adaptation Scoping Report

Thank you to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) for a Tribal Resiliency grant award to develop a Tribal Climate Adaptation Scoping Report over the next year! With this project the Environmental Stewardship Department will perform a literature review of relevant climate assessments and have at least three community meetings to gather comments by Chickaloon Tribal citizens and community members. An initial report will be developed that captures the changing environment as documented by community members, forecasts and predications of future environmental changes from research, and community concerns.  This will form the basis of future discussions to develop and prioritize solutions including a future Adaptation Plan.

Chickaloon Native Village Military Stories Revealed

Nay’dini’aa Na’ Kayax Nahwgholnicde

Thank you to the Institute for Museums and Library Services (IMLS) for a grant award for a digital archive project of the Tribal Cultural Program of the Environmental Stewardship Department! Starting in July 2020, Selena Ortega-Chiolero will be collecting information about Chickaloon Village Tribal Citizens who have served in the military for a project called Nay’dini’aa Na’ Kayax Nahwgholnicde (Chickaloon Native Village Military Stories Revealed). Please contact Selena at seortegachiolero@chickaloon-nsn.gov if you have served in the military!

Update on CVTC COVID19 Response

Chickaloon Village Traditional Council (CVTC)’s Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Update Effective 05/15/2020

While some businesses are beginning to reopen across the state on a restricted basis, with our close proximity to Anchorage and commuters traveling between communities, our community has a potential increased risk of exposure. For the protection of our Elders and medically fragile community members, CVTC is taking a conservative “wait and see” approach to determine if cases remain low with restrictions easing; therefore, CVTC offices will remain closed until further notice. There is usually one staff member working in our Administrative Office answering phones. Staff are still working from home, and reachable via email if you require assistance.

CVTC will continue to provide home-delivered meals to Elders in their home every two weeks using “zero contact procedures.”

CVTC encourages sick staff members to stay home:

  • Staff members who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Staff members should notify their supervisor by phone or text, and stay home if they are sick.
  • We will not require a healthcare provider’s note for staff members who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness or to return to work, as healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way.

CVTC reminds staff members to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds frequently. Antibacterial hand sanitizer is to be used at the discretion of the staff member.

Staff members should always cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).

Masks should be worn by CVTC staff members while in the course of duties requiring contact with the public.

CVTC reminds staff members to perform routine environmental cleaning including:

  • Routinely cleaning of all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, keyboards, countertops, and doorknobs.
  • Routine cleaning of vehicles should be performed.
  • Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.

CVTC advises to reduce non-emergent travel at this time until further notice. We further advise staff members to:

Additional Measures in Response to Currently Occurring Sporadic Importations of the COVID-19:

  • Staff Members who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
  • If a staff member is confirmed to have COVID-19, CVTC Administration will inform fellow staff members of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Staff members exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.

If you have any additional questions, please call Brandy O’Malley or Lisa Wade at 745-0749.

CDC GUIDANCE – ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Tsin’aen (Thank you)

Health & Social Services Department Transportation Schedule

Monday: LifeHouse Clinic, Valley Native Primary Care Center, and provided for Elders needing assistance with shopping, local resource access.

Tuesday: LifeHouse Clinic, Valley Native Primary Care Center, Alaska Native Medical Center (Anchorage), Southcentral Foundation (Anchorage), and Valley Native Primary Care Elder Wellness

Wednesday: LifeHouse Clinic, Valley Native Primary Care Center, Alaska Native Medical Center and Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage

Thursday: LifeHouse Clinic and Elders’ Lunch Program

Friday: Lifehouse Clinic and Elder Activities (please contact HSS Department for a list of upcoming activities)

Please contact 907-745-0704 to schedule a ride. Please provide a 48-hour notice when requesting a ride.

We do our best to take every transport request; however, Anchorage transports are based upon driver availability.

Our service area includes the communities of Glacier View, Chickaloon, Sutton, as far as Palmer to Seward Meridian and the Butte.

Chickaloon Native Village is among the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2020 Culture of Health Prize Finalists

On March 4, 2020, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced the eight communities – Addison, Illinois; Alamosa County, Colorado; Chickaloon Native Village, Alaska; Douglas County, Kansas; Drew, Mississippi; National City, California; Tulsa County, Oklahoma; Worcester, Massachusetts – chosen as finalists for the 2020 RWJF Culture of Health PrizeThe Prizehonors communities working at the forefront of advancing health, opportunity, and equity for all.

To earn Prize finalist status, communities had to demonstrate how their efforts reflect the six Prize criteria:

· Defining health in the broadest possible terms.

· Committing to sustainable systems changes and policy-oriented long-term solutions.

· Creating conditions that give everyone a fair and just opportunity to reach their best possible health.

· Harnessing the collective power of leaders, partners, and community members.

· Securing and making the most of available resources.

· Measuring and sharing progress and results.

This spring, each finalist community will host a site visit for representatives from the Prize program and the 2020 Prize winners will be announced this fall. The winners will receive a prize and opportunities to share their story and lessons learned with the country. Learn more about the previous 44 Prize winners at www.rwjf.org/prize. The RWJF Culture of Health Prize is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.