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TRIBAL SERVICES
Tribal Services goal is to ensure that tribal members have their essential needs met and are trained, job ready and qualified for employment. Tribal Services provides a broad spectrum of services and opportunities to achieve this goal. These services include:

Higher Education provides scholarship funds to NEC member students who pursue post-secondary education by enrollment in an Associates, Bachelors or Masters Degree program. Masters Degree awards are based on availability of funds.

Welfare Assistance provides temporary financial assistance to meet the essential basic needs of eligible Alaska native and American Indian residents of the Nome service area. Alaska natives enrolled to Council, King Island, and Solomon receive services from Kawerak, Inc.

Direct Employment Assistance is available to eligible applicants who require financial assistance for transitional needs to secure and/or retain employment.

Burial Assistance: The deceased must have resided in the Nome Service Area for the last 6 month of his/her life.

Vocational Training is available for eligible applicants who pursue job skills necessary to obtain and/or retain employment.

Scholarship Deadlines:
High School seniors: April 15
Continuing students: Fall Semester/Autumn quarter: July 1
Spring Semester/ Winter quarter: December 1
Spring quarter: February 15
Summer term: May 1

YOUTH SERVICES
The program's purpose is to increase and enhance activities which will promote education, culture and healthy lifestyles for Alaska Native and tribally-enrolled school-aged youth. NEC's Elementary Tutoring Program and Jr. High Tutoring Program provides homework and tutoring assistance for students in K-7th grade. NEC receives referrals from parents, teachers and school counselors for students needing tutoring or mentoring services.

NEC sponsors After school Activities at the Nome Recreation Center for children in grades K-6th as an alternative to child care.

Cultural activities are provided throughout the year to instill traditional values in youth. In the summer, activities provided range from picking greens and berries to Youth Leadership day camps.

In addition to cultural activities, NEC partners with other youth programs to promote healthy children and families. The Nome Recreation Center, Nome Community Center, the Kegoayah Kozga Library, Norton Sound Health Corporation CAMP Department and Nome Public Schools are a just a few of our local partners. Since 2005 NEC has partnered with the Challenge Life Youth Foundation based out of Fairbanks to provide the Iditarod Basketball Clinic and the Triple Threat Basketball Camp for youth in grades 3rd-12th.

Preschool Scholarships are available to NEC tribal member children enrolled in the Nome Pre-School. Applications are available through Nome Preschool and Nome Eskimo Community.

For more information about NEC's Youth Service, please call 907-443-9122.


TRIBAL RESOURCES PROGRAM
The Nome Eskimo Community Tribal Resource Program was created to increase NEC’s administrative capacity to start, operate and manage tribal environmental programs.

The NEC Tribal Resources Program studies water, land, air and habitat resources, and establishes partnerships with agencies to address climate change and its effects on Nome area subsistence resources. In addition, the program collects data for the NEC Tribal Council to make proactive decisions, and on the implementation of future projects that impact the environment. The program is funded by an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Indian Governmental Assistance Program (IGAP) grant.


HOUSING PROGRAMS
Nome Eskimo Community’s Housing Program (NEC Housing) is utilizing Federal dollars from U.S. Housing & Urban Development for our Home Renovation Services, and State funds from Alaska Housing Finance Corporation for the Weatherization Service.

The Renovation Assistance is a forgivable loan for low-income Tribal members. Many homes in Nome are in poor condition. There may be issues with inadequate heating, insufficient insulation, structural deficiencies, mold and mildew, failing plumbing and electrical systems, and anything else that can go wrong in older homes. Our goals are to eliminate health and safety hazards, ensure building code compliance and to improve the energy efficiency of the home. These are “no frills” renovations, but we use quality materials and workmanship that will enable many years of living in a healthy environment with minimal maintenance expenses. Whenever possible, we encourage the client to invest some “sweat equity” into the project to instill pride in their home ownership, and confidence in their ability to address maintenance of the home. Take a look at the photo story of one recent renovation project.

Since 2000, NEC has renovated 24 homes in Nome, with 2 more scheduled for the next 12 months.

The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation is funding a state-wide Low-Income Weatherization Program. Because of Nome Eskimo’s experience and reputation for renovation work, AHFC is partnering with us to complete the weatherizations in the Nome area. The Weatherization service is available to all residents of the Nome area, not just NEC Tribal members. During the summer of 2009, NEC weatherized 14 homes, and will do approximately the same number in 2010. Weatherization work is defined as any work that specifically addresses issues of energy conservation and efficiency, and typically we have a budget of around $20,000 to weatherize any qualified house.

Applications for these three programs, as well as applications for Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s Scattered Sites sewer and water assistance and Rural Alaska Community Action Program’s Elder Access Program are available on this website, and at the NEC Housing office located on Spokane Street behind NEC’s administrative building.


FAMILY SERVICES
Family Services intervenes on behalf of member children who are taken into protective custody by the State of Alaska when reports of harm are received. We strive to promote stability, security and wellness of member families. Additionally, the program coordinates services and activities that sustain the betterment of children and families which include: Intervention and prevention measures, family support, family related financial, educational and training services. Read more.

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Nome Eskimo Community | Phone 907.443.2246