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Invitation to Steward Moose Creek Campground

IMG_0613Our Annual Ya Ne Dah Ah Moose Creek Clean Up has been changed to Friday , May 13th due to weather conditions, and because we will have more volunteer chaperones available on Friday. We will be meeting at the Moose Creek Campground at 10:00 a.m. to steward our area. When we are finished, we will have a hot dog roast celebration at the campground. All are welcome to join us for this fun event! Feel free to bring a side dish to share if you like.


For questions, please call 745-0793 or 745-0704.


Please Take Our Cultural Survey

The Ahtna Cultural Education team has put together a survey to collect information on the cultural knowledge of Tribal Citizens, Extended Family, CVTC Staff Members, and Community Members. This information will guide cultural lesson plan development.

PLEASE take a few minutes to fill out the survey at the following link.



Ahtna Kenaege’

Check out these sound clips of Ahtna kenaege’ (language) lessons. You can practice at home or join us on Mondays and Fridays at 3:00 for classes. Contact Kari Shaginoff at 745-0722 for more information.


Request For Proposals

Independent CONTRACTOR for

Cultural Tourism Development Specialist

Scope of work for this contract will include the following:


Conduct 2 days of in-person community and stakeholder meetings for an assessment to define expectations of Chickaloon Native Village Ahtna cultural tourism, by April 15, 2016:

– Meet formally and/or informally with Elders, Tribal Council and community members and groups to evaluate tourism opportunities, limitations, and expectations

– Evaluate potential partnerships with existing tourism infrastructure

– Evaluate content, cultural protocols, and context for the purpose of providing cultural tourism experiences

– Evaluate site opportunities

– Conduct follow-up telephone interviews if select, in-person meetings are not an option.

Prepare a written document explaining results of the Chickaloon Native Village Ahtna cultural tourism assessment, by April 29, 2016, including specifically:

– Executive summary

– List of participants interviewed/ surveyed

– Details on opportunities, limitations, and participant expectations

– Details of suggested and recommended presentation content

– Interpretive and cultural content recommendations

– Tourism delivery recommendations including potential partnerships identified, site operations and logistics evaluations

– Recommendations for short and long-term cultural tourism development

– Employee (Cultural Guide) training recommendations

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for this contract, please present a letter or e-mail to Donita Slawson at [email protected] by Noon on Monday, February 29th. Include Cultural Tourism Development Specialist in the subject line. The bid should contain your contract rate, a description of your experience doing this type of work, a description of your experience working with Native Peoples, Tribes, cultural tourism projects and any professional references. If you have any questions please call Donita or Jessica at 907-745-0737.

Hiring Preference: Preference shall be given to eligible and qualified Alaska Native/American Indian applicants pursuant to P.L. 93-638 Indian Self Determination Act. Preference may be given to local applicants according to the Tribe’s Local Hiring Policy 005.01.008. Successful bidder shall comply with the Tribe’s drug free workplace requirements and equal employment opportunities with Native and local preference.

ANA SEDS Narrative and Project Objectives

Tourism Facilitator RFP



Responses Needed: Environmental Survey

Below is a survey that focuses on addressing educational gaps in our community as it pertains to food sovereignty, air and water quality, and climate change. I am looking to collect as many responses as possible and would appreciate your input.
The survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. All responses will help inform the development of new outreach and education materials on the aforementioned topics. Thanks, in advance, for your responses.

Liz Whaley (aka Allard)

Environmental Justice Community Outreach Educator
Chickaloon Village Traditional Council

ANA-SEDS Nurture the Land and People Project

Nay’dini’aa Na’ Hwt’aene Ugheldze’ Xuk’anotta Nene’ (Nurture the Land and People) Project is working to revitalize and provide Ahtna Athabascan cultural restoration and preservation and cultural knowledge by developing an Ahtna Cultural Resource Library, writing an Ahtna Cultural Education Book and providing frequent Ahtna cultural education events to Tribal citizens and local communities. This project is funded by the Administration for Native Americans from October 2015 to September 2018.


The Nurture the Land and People project is providing culturally rich and sustainable employment opportunities in our rural community.


The Ahtna Cultural Education Book will consist of lesson plans for teaching youth and adults. We will create the book with guidance from Chickaloon Village Cultural Committee and through the personal interviews of Ahtna Athabascan Elders, artists, and tradition bearers. Using lessons in the book, we will provide 30 Ahtna cultural education events in the community. We will establish an Ahtna Cultural Resource Library consisting of artifacts, art, photos, written documentation of Ahtna cultural practices, audio recordings, digital videos and reference books.  The library will provide new opportunities to develop personal connections with Ahtna knowledge and practices.


The Cultural Education Book and Resource Library will provide regular opportunities for Ahtna cultural knowledge acquisition on subjects such as ancestral self-sufficiency, cultural reciprocity with the environment, cultural ceremonies, cultural arts and crafts, and traditional food preparations. The Nurture the Land and People Project will serve as a catalyst for the creation of new cultural experiences and stories with the goal of converting these “new traditions” to digital media.


In addition to the cultural education activities, this project will enable CVTC to develop an Ahtna cultural tourism program.  This will support cultural sustainability and cultural employment opportunities.  We will hire three Cultural Interpretive Guides who will be trained to share Ahtna historical and cultural presentations as well as local natural history interpretation.  Free training opportunities will be offered throughout the 3-year project in tourism training in hospitality, customer service, interpretive guiding, interpretive hosting, and cultural awareness to help develop tourism job skills within the greater community.  The project will enable us to engage in statewide cultural tourism development and networking as well as develop a business plan for a future hotel/conference center and Ahtna Cultural Park.


This project will not only benefit the Tribal citizens and also the more than 3000 community members in our Matanuska River watershed, as well as other Alaskan Tribes and Tribal organizations, museums, tour companies and visitors. It can serve as a model for other Tribes and tourism groups throughout Alaska by establishing and strengthening cultural tourism networks.


We believe that through Ahtna cultural rejuvenation we can better our community’s health and wellness, and through the development of cultural tourism we can create cultural sustainability and satisfying employment opportunities.


Thank You to our Project Partners:

Alpine Historical Society and Park

Palmer Museum of History and Art

Dorothy G. Page Museum

Mat-Su Convention and Visitors Bureau

Alaska Travel Industry Association

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