News sharing relevant to tribal administration in Alaska

September 25, 2020

Alaska Native corporations are not eligible to receive a share of the $8 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding set aside for tribes, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday in overturning a lower-court decision.

I Am a Tribal Administrator - Diomede Emmy Nomination

June 6, 2020

ATAA Video I am a Tribal Administrator - Diomede has been nominated for an Emmy by the NW National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Watch the video here: 


April 13, 2020

The Treasury came out with guidance for the Tribal Relief Fund today. Tribes must provide required information by 7:59 pm (11:59 pm EDT) on this Friday, April 17, 2020. The same information will have to be submitted twice. Here is how:

  1. Fill out the attached Certification for Cares Act form. Submit the same information at this site:

  2. Under recipient information you will have to provide:

    1. Taxpayer ID Number

    2. DUNS Number 

    3. Tribal Contact.

  3. Click next, under Recipient Type you will have to provide;

    1. Population

    2. Land Base

    3. Employees

    4. Expenditures

  4. Click next, under Financial Institution Information you will have to provide:

    1. Routing Transit Number (Wire or ACH)

    2. Recipient’s Account Number

    3. Financial Institution Name

    4. Financial Institution Address

    5. Financial Institution Telephone Number

  5. Click next, under Certification, you will upload the completed Certification Cares Act Form.The information on the form must match the information entered on the site.

  6. Click Finish.

Tribes that do provide the required information by Friday may not receive any payment from the fund.

Here are definitions on the requested information:

Population: Total number of Indian Tribe Citizens/Members/Shareholders, as of January 1, 2020;

Land Base: Total number of land acres held by the Indian Tribe and any tribally-owned entity (to include entities in which the Indian Tribe maintains at least 51% ownership) as of January 1, 2020 (to include lands held in trust by the United States, owned in restricted fee status, owned in fee, or selected pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act).  

Employees: Total number of persons employed by the Indian Tribe and any tribally-owned entity (to include entities in which the Indian Tribe maintains at least 51% ownership) on January 1, 2020.

Expenditures: Total expenditures for the most recently completed fiscal year.
At this time, we are unsure if a formula has been determined. It is important for Alaska Tribes to submit their information as soon as possible.

​Tribes Not Yet Signed on to the Tribal Amicus Brief in Brackeeen v. Bernhardt

December 2, 2019 

As of today, over 120 Alaska Tribes have signed on to the Tribal Amicus Brief in the ICWA case, Brackeen v. Bernardt. Over 100 Alaska Tribes have not yet signed on to the brief, however, and those Tribes are listed below. Would your Tribe like to sign on to the brief to stand in solidarity with Indian Country to protect ICWA? In order to be added to the brief we need an email including:

  1. A statement from an individual (chairperson, executive director, general counsel, etc.) or body (tribal council, etc.) authorized to do so, asking to be added as a signatory on the brief; and

  2. The full name and correct spelling of the Tribe as it should appear on the brief. 


Emails should be send to There is no cost to sign on to the brief. The deadline to sign on is Thursday, December 12.

To view the full list of tribes missing from the Tribal Amicus Brief click on the image links below.

August 26, 2019 

Representatives from the U.S. Department of the Interior visited Bethel on August 21, 2019 to hear from tribal representatives about the public safety issues unique to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The visit comes in the wake of Attorney General William Barr's tour of the region for similar reasons. 


Attorney General’s Advisory Subcommittee on Native American Issues Meets to Discuss Violent Crime in Indian Country

July 22, 2019

Attorney General William P. Barr’s Advisory Subcommittee on Native American Issues (NAIS) convened in June during the U.S. Attorney’s National Conference in Washington, D.C., to discuss a wide range of justice issues affecting Indian Country, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores, Chair, and U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme, Vice Chair.

Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical Program

July 17, 2019

Rasmuson Foundation has begun recruiting for their Sabbatical Program. You can apply for the program or you can nominate a deserving colleague.

Program Information:
Sabbatical Nomination:

For Quinhagak, Climate Change Means They May Have To Move

June 18, 2019

Tribal Administrator Ferdinand Cleveland discusses the possibility of relocating the village of Quinhagak due to increasing erosion.


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Photo Credit Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Who Can Adopt a Native American Child? A Texas Couple vs. 573 Tribes

June 6, 2019 

In 2018, the 40 year old ICWA law was declared unconstitutional in a federal court case. The case is now before a federal appeals court. Whoever loses is almost certain to ask the Supreme Court to hear it.

Ninth Circuit Affirms Tribal Court Jurisdiction Over Claims Against Nonmember Former Employee

April 16, 2019

The Ninth Circuit held that the tribal court had jurisdiction over the nonmember former employee pursuant to the Tribe's sovereign powers of exclusion, as well as under the framework for tribal civil regulatory jurisdiction over nonmembers as set forth in the 1981 case of Montana v. United States.

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