Tanana Chiefs Conference

Tanana Chiefs Conference

The Tanana Chiefs Conference annual convention is happening this week in Fairbanks. A wide ranging agenda covers everything from land and natural resource to education, public safety, social and cultural issues. Opening day presenters included a group of youth delegates, who as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, shared personal stories, and challenged the interior tribal service organization.

The state of Alaska and the Anvik Tribe have signed an historic justice agreement. KUAC's Dan Bross reports.

Rachel Saylor

A member of the Tanana Chiefs Conference Native Justice Task Force says the federal Department of Justice is tracking the case of the Fairbanks Four. That’s the four Alaska Native men who the task force and others say were wrongfully convicted of killing a teenager in Fairbanks in 1997.

Anchroage, AK - Fairbanks City Mayor John Eberhart addressed close to 3000 people Thursday during the opening remarks at this year’s Alaska Federation of Natives Convention.


This year’s theme is ‘Rise as One.’ Eberhart offered his opinion on what that might mean.


GOTNV Makes Big Push Prior To November Election

Oct 13, 2014

Fairbanks, AK - Over the last few months, the non-partisan ‘Get Out the Native Vote’ has made a big push to mobilize native voters across the Alaska.  Roughly one in five potential voters in the state is Alaska Native.

For as long as she can remember, Sarah Obed has been heavily involved in the election process.

“In fact, I was in the Peace Corps in a remote island in the south pacific and I voted absentee so yes, I provide myself on my voting history," laughs Obed.

Fairbanks, AK- 14 of the 16 candidates running for legislative seats in the Fairbanks area gathered at the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall Thursday night for a forum.  The major issues on voters’ minds included energy, education and subsistence.

Close to 80 people gathered in the tribal hall to hear from candidates. As a retired teacher, Cora Maguire says education needs more funding. “Teachers need to be paid higher wages and the classroom should have a lower number of students,” says Maguire.

Tim Ellis/KUAC

Alaska Native and University of Alaska-Fairbanks officials hosted a ceremony on the campus’s West Ridge yesterday to unveil a sign marking the location of the planned Troth Yeddha Park and Indigenous Studies Center.

The name roughly translates to the place where Athabascan people once harvested troth, a tuber that looks and tastes like a sweet potato.

Tim Ellis/KUAC

Tanana Chiefs Conference President Jerry Isaac and the head of the Health and Social Services Commissioner signed an historic agreement Wednesday that will give T-C-C the lead role in managing foster care for tribal children. The agreement is the first of its kind in the nation, and could serve as a model for other Native organizations.

Fish Summit

Feb 20, 2013
Dan Bross

The Tanana Chiefs Conference has gathered leaders from interior Alaska Native villages in Fairbanks to talk about Yukon River salmon.  As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, there’s frustration with the depressed state of Yukon Chinook stocks.

Pike's Landing Goes Smoke Free with Help from TCC

Oct 11, 2012

Fairbanks, AK - A well-known Fairbanks restaurant has agreed to go smoke free in partnership with the Tanana Chiefs Conference. In an email announcement, Pikes Landing Owner and Executive Chef Jeffrey Brook said he “made the decision because guests asked [him] to.”  He was unavailable for comment, which likely had something to do with the free deserts the restaurant gave out in celebration of the change.