Who We Are
As an organization, Nome Eskimo Community’s origins date back to 1939 when it was formed under the Indian Reorganization Act as a federally recognized tribe. NEC’s members, however, have roots in the region that extends back over millenia.
Initially, NEC operated in a political manner, functioning as the tribal governing body for the area. As we have grown, our focus has expanded to provide social services and programs to improve the quality of life for our tribal members, Alaska Natives, and Native Americans who reside in Nome.
NEC now offers a multitude of services organized under the following service programs: Family Services, Tribal Services, Youth Services, Tribal Resources, and Housing Program. Learn more about these programs and their specific offerings.
One Organization, Many Communities
As NEC grows, so does our role in the community. While maintaining and expanding our services to tribal members, NEC is also branching out through partnerships with other organizations. These collaborative efforts benefit both our membership and the community as a whole.
NEC’s partnerships with organizations such as the Nome Recreation Center, Nome Community Center, Nome Public Schools, Kawerak, Inc., Nome Youth Facility, and Norton Sound Health Corporation have broadened our reach into the community and provided positive activities for our youth. With our partners, we have organized basketball camps, cultural outings, summer camps, and after-school study programs for those attending grades K-12. NEC is also working with the local school district to establish a program to provide culturally-based education.
NEC’s Tribal Transportation Program serves the community as a whole, helping to safeguard the resources on which we all depend.
As NEC looks to the future, we will strive to continue to improve the community’s well-being while honoring and preserving the rich cultural heritage of the area’s Native peoples.
Facts At A Glance
ENROLLMENT: 2,900+ members
WHAT WE REPRESENT: The political, social, and cultural interests of Native peoples in the community of Nome and the Bering Strait region
SERVICE PROGRAMS: Family Services, Tribal Services, Tribal Youth, Tribal Resources (Environmental Activities), and the Housing Program
MISSION STATEMENT: Nome Eskimo Community is a federally recognized tribal government improving the quality of life of those we serve.
VISION STATEMENT: Nome Eskimo Community will be a proud, active, functional, and leading tribal government that provides a broad spectrum of services that benefit our tribal members and community.