Tanana Chiefs Conference

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The Tanana Chiefs Conference has administered more than 14,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine since the pandemic began to protect Native and non-native Alaskans around the Interior from the disease. And on Monday, the Fairbanks-based organization donated 800 surplus doses to Eielson Air Force Base, to help protect servicemembers and their families, and the civilian employees who work there.


Tanana Chiefs Conference

The Tanana Chiefs Conference's Annual Convention continues today (Thursday) with elections and presentations. TCC's provides health care and social services to more than 14,000 people living in Interior Alaska.

Like so many other organizations pivoting in the pandemic, the tribal non-profit moved its 2020 conference from March to October last year. Yesterday, delegates from 42 Interior villages gathered in person at the Westmark Hotel in Fairbanks and online to hear reports and speeches.

John Sackett

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Flags were at half-staff in Alaska yesterday in honor of former Alaska legislator and Alaska Native elder John Sackett, who died last Wednesday of complications during a heart surgery.


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A big component of Alaska’s Number One vaccination status is Tribal Health Corporations. In the Interior, Tanana Chiefs Conference provides health care for 42 villages across the region. After weeks of successful vaccine distribution to the villages, TCC is now trying to reach people who live in Fairbanks, including FNSBSD teachers and school staff.


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Research conducted by the Tanana Chiefs Conference and the University of Alaska Fairbanks demonstrates the value of small, unmanned aircraft to monitor wildfire impacts and other environmental change in rural Alaska. KUAC’s Mary Auld reports.

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Nenana’s water-treatment plant froze up Monday, leaving about 150 homes without water for some 12 hours until city workers and volunteers got the system back up and running.


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Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Tanana Chiefs Conference both received their first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine yesterday (Wednesday.) The hospital plans to start vaccinating employees today. And TCC plans to begin shots for village health workers and vulnerable elders as soon as logistics can be worked out.

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Social distancing and self-isolation have flattened the COVID-19 curve for Fairbanks and Interior Alaska. More tests for the disease are available from the Unified Incident Command, it was announced Monday.


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The Tanana Chiefs Conference last week was awarded a $150,000 federal grant last week for a program that helps residents clean up and reuse contaminated sites around their communities.


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