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Northwest Arctic Borough schedules special meeting

Northwest Arctic Borough assembly president Walter G. Sampson and mayor Reggie Joule scheduled a special assembly meeting to discuss the borough's Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) agreement on Monday, April 14, at 9 a.m. at the Nullagvik Hotel in Kotzebue.

Also, a joint meeting with the Northwest Arctic Borough School District will be held the same day at 2:30 to discuss the FY15 budget. That meeting will be held at the Northwest Arctic Borough Assembly chambers located at 163 Lagoon Street in Kotzebue.

The call-in number is (800) 315-6338 with the code: 2500# Call the borough clerk's office at 1 (800) 478-1110 or (907) 442-8205 with questions.

First Alaskan Institute recruiting new directors

The First Alaskans Institute is looking for a few new key people in the agency. They are now recruiting applicants for an Alaska Native policy center director, a leadership development director, and a social justice manager.

"These dynamic positions play critical roles in advancing our mission: True to identity, heritage, and values, Alaska Natives are informed and engaged in leading the decisions that shape the future," according to the institute.

Alaska Native policy center director leads the development and operation of the Alaska Native Policy Center — a Native think tank, research information center and catalyst of public dialogue — in alignment with and advancement of the First Alaskans Institute strategic plan and Alaska Native Policy Center work plans. The director fosters and leads an indigenous team environment focused on project development, research, analysis, critical examination and discourse, and dissemination of key information on issues that impact the Native community while advancing a deeper understanding of the Native community from an indigenous perspective. The commitment of the Alaska Native Policy Center is "Native Minds Shaping Our Future" and the directive is to connect people and ideas while producing knowledge that can be used to understand and improve the lives of Alaska Natives and all Alaskans.

The leadership development director plays a critical role in promoting the indigenous innovation and growth of the leadership initiatives at the institute in order to advance our vision and mission through the strategic and annual work plans. The core purpose of this role is to help develop Alaska Native peoples across the leadership continuum and support their contributions to the advancement of Native communities. The director will provide the professional and executive skills necessary to plan, implement and oversee the leadership development initiatives including, but not limited to the institute's summer internship program, public policy fellowship, Al Adams young political leader internship, First Nations Futures Program, the Elders and Youth Conference, and various special projects and programs of the institute.

The social justice manager is a new position at the First Alaskans Institute. The manager will work closely with the Alaska Native Policy Center director. Through focused work on addressing social justice challenges and opportunities, this position will work to achieve equity that empowers and advances the Native community. The manager will serve as the project lead for the institute's Advancing Native Dialogues on Racial Equity project, an initiative that builds on our Alaska Native Dialogues on Racial Equity project. The manager will provide the professional skills necessary to plan, implement and oversee the vision of this project: the creation of a collective social impact movement toward racial equity in Alaska. Contact First Alaskans Institute at (907) 677-1700 or with any questions or for full job descriptions.

Institute accepting applications through May 16

Applications are now available for Sealaska Heritage Institute's annual Latseen Leadership Academy program.

SHI for the first time will offer the program in two Southeast Alaska villages. This year's academies for high school students will be held July 6-19 on Prince of Wales Island and July 19-31 in Angoon. Travel scholarships are available for students living outside of those areas. Students will be placed at one of the camps according to their proximity to the camp locations.

Y?es Sh?ade N?kx'I Y?n (New Young Leaders) is designed to provide engaging culturally-based education and activities for high school students in support of their future academic and personal success with a focus on rigor, relevance, and relationships. The goal of the program is to teach students the art of leadership through the development of self-knowledge, physical and spiritual strength. In a supportive learning environment, students will participate in cultural, artistic, athletic and academic activities.

Applications may be downloaded at The project is funded by a grant from the Administration for Native Americans, Social and Economic Development Strategies (ANA-SEDS) program.

Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private, nonprofit founded in 1980 to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars. Its mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska.


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