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Alaska Native Peoples of Nome

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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 children and their families. Nome Eskimo Community’s programs include:

Educational Services

NEC's Elementary Homework Club Program and Jr. High Tutoring Program provides homework and tutoring assistance for students in 4th-7th grade. NEC receives referrals from parents, teachers and school counselors for students needing tutoring or mentoring services.

Through a Alaska Native Education (ANE) grant from the Department of Education, NEC is working to improve science and math scores for at-risk 7th-9th grade students, increase cultural connections in the curriculum, and create more opportunities for students to access dual credit classes through the University of Alaska– Northwest Campus.  Nome Eskimo Community staff add additional community connections for classroom teachers, support families, and provide access to summer school, enrichment activities, cultural education and drop-out prevention

Other NEC education programs include:  Guys Read, Summer Teen Reading program, Subsistence Science Xplorers and the LEGO Robotics Club.

Sports & Recreation

NEC sponsors After School Activities at the Nome Recreation Center for children in grades K-8th.  These programs include soccer, volleyball, team handball, rock climbing, dance and wiffle ball.

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 every August.

Cultural Activities

Cultural activities are provided throughout the year to instill traditional values in youth.  Each summer the Outdoors Club follows the summer subsistence calendar that includes greens picking, fishing, and preserving native foods.  The Xplorers Club is using math & science skills to learn about Reindeer herding and husbandry.  Through our partnership with Nome Public Schools, NEC provides leadership to the Nome Native Youth Leadership Organization (NNYLO).

Juvenile Justice & Prevention Efforts

 Through funding from the Department of Justice, NEC is working with youth and families to help prevent delinquent behavior and to work with youth in the juvenile justice system.  Through many of NEC’s programs, youth are encourage to make good choices regarding alcohol, drugs and peer pressure.

Through NEC’s Bureau of Justice grant award, NEC is working to address underage drinking through its campaign, #mychoicemyfuture.


Family Support

In addition to youth activities, NEC works to promote healthy families.  The Community Family Night Program provides a fun and supportive time for families with teenagers to learn together healthy ways to discuss communication, setting limits and topics like peer pressure and healthy relationships.


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.

NEC’s First Teacher bags promote early literacy.  Each bag is set up for parents, grandparents and child care givers to provide early literacy education to children because they are children’s First Teachers.  Bags may be checked out at the Kegoayah Kozga Library or at the NEC Youth Services offices.

 

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, and work on many family events like Family Fun Nights.


For more information about NEC's Youth Services, please call 907-443-2246.

TRIBAL RESOURCES
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 PROGRAM

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