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THRHA Board of Commissioners Solicitation Notice

Tlingit & Haida is seeking candidates to fill two (2) seats on the Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority's (THRHA) Board of Commissioners. (click here for solicitation notice)

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.

By statute, Tlingit & Haida's Executive Council will appoint THRHA's commissioners to serve a three-year term.

Statutory Qualifications:
Per Alaska Statute 18.55.996 Establishment of Regional Housing Authorities, authorization is given to Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska in the appointment of members to the Tlingit – Haida Regional Housing Authority (THRHA) Board of Commissioners (BOC). THRHA bylaws also define the following for members of the THRHA BOC:

  • Should reside in a community that utilizes the Authority as its Tribally Designated Housing Entity (TDHE) under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act, only one member of the Board may be from a community not serviced by the TDHE.
  • 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 housing related work experience, banking, real estate, construction management, non-profit leadership, community development finance institutions, finance, legal, business, , tribal or government agency.
  • Cannot be a registered sex offender or felon.
  • Must be of upstanding moral character.
  • Must not have a history of moral turpitude.

If you wish to be considered, please submit a letter of interest, declaration of intent to serve, biography, and current résumé by Friday, August 19, 2022. Submissions may be mailed, faxed, or emailed to:


Ralphenia Dybdahl, Office of the President

Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

Direct: 907.463.7142 / Fax: 888.335.8981


Small Business Relief Startup Grants

Tlingit & Haida’s Business & Economic Development department will be launching a new Small Business Relief Startup
Grant program for tribal citizens who have changed careers due to the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and started a new business or plan to start a new business in 2022. The program will provide $2,500 startup grants under Tlingit & Haida’s American Rescue Plan Act funding.

Eligibility Requirements:

• Applicants will need to complete Spruce Root’s Business Basics online class as a pre-requisite to apply for the grant.
• Must be a tribal citizen who started a new business or plans to start a new business in 2022
• Must have a State business license
• Must complete an online application
• Non-Artist Applicants: Must complete Spruce Root's Business Basics online course
• Artist Applicants: Must complete Spruce Root's Business Basics online course for artists

Class Dates Available:
July 28 • 9AM - 5PM (Artists)
Aug. 11 • 9AM - 3PM ( General Session)

Aug. 22-23 • 9AM - 5PM (Alaska Native Artists/College Credit Available)

Aug. 29 • 9AM - 3PM (General Session)

Sept. 22 • 9AM - 3PM (General Session)

Oct. 13-14 • 9AM - 5PM (Alaska Native Artists/College Credit Available)
Nov. 3 • 9AM - 3PM (General Session)

Sign up today at www.spruceroot.org/businessbasics.

For more information on the upcoming Small Business Startup Grant, please email RescueSBG@ccthita-nsn.gov or call 907.463.7799.


Application Period Open for Youth Commission

Join Tlingit & Haida’s Youth Commission! The commission is comprised of Delegates representing 21 communities who will serve a two-year term. The commission functions as a working body of the Tribe and provides an opportunity for youth to develop leadership skills, as well as learn about Tlingit & Haida’s governing structure, parliamentary procedures, resolutions process and effective tools for advocacy.

Online Application: Click Here

Application Deadline: September 20, 2022

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be an enrolled tribal citizen of Tlingit & Haida
  • Must be between the ages of 15-25

How to Apply:
Submit an application by September 20, 2022 to the Office of the President at deptfob@ccthita-nsn.gov.

Affordable Connectivity Program

Need help paying for internet services?

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a U.S. government program run by the Federal Communications Commission program to help families pay for internet service and connected devices like a laptop or tablet.


  • Up to $75/month discount for internet services for households on qualifying Tribal lands
  • Up to $100 discount towards a laptop or tablet

A household is eligible if one member in the household meets one of the criteria:

  • Income that is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Participate in government assistance programs like Medicaid, WIC, SNAP, SSI, Federal Public Housing, Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit, Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, Received a Federal Pell Grant in the current award year
  • If living on qualifying Tribal lands, you are eligible if you meet the criteria listed above or if you or someone in your household participates in Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Head Start (only households meeting the income qualifying standard), Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

To receive your benefit, check to see if your household is eligible, go to ACPBenefit.org to apply or print out a mail in application or call your local internet provider to sign up.

Need help with your application? Contact Katelyn Cook at kcook@ccthita-nsn.gov


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