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Chickaloon Hosts Open House


On January 28th, Chickaloon Village Traditional Council hosted an Open House gathering to unveil the plans for our new Community Health Center Building.


Chickaloon Village Traditional Council (CVTC) is excited to announce that we will be breaking ground in the Spring of 2015 on a new Community Health Center building located in Sutton thanks in part to $525,000 grants awarded by both the Mat-Su Health Foundation and the Rasmuson Foundation.


CVTC has been working for years to medically serve the communities of Chickaloon, Glacier View, Sutton and north Palmer. In partnership with Southcentral Foundation, we have been operating the C'eyiits' Hwnax Life House Community Health Center (CHC) with seed money from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The two-room clinic provides primary care to Alaska Native peoples and all other Alaskans residing in the area, as well as visitors on a sliding fee scale.


The building, named Ahtnahwt'aene' Naydini'aa den (Ahtna Chickaloon People Place), will be located on approximately 10 acres of Chickaloon land off the Glenn Highway in Sutton. The structure's second floor will house the CVTC Health & Social Services Department, including transportation, Elders' programs, behavioral health and family advocates. The Life House CHC will accommodate the first floor and feature several exam and talking rooms, a room for minor procedures, radiology, dietician services and telepharmacy. The new building will also offer a Wellness Center with an exercise area, locker rooms with showers and health education classes.


The building concept was designed by Bezek Durst Seiser, out of Anchorage, in collaboration with local community members through a series of community meetings. F-E Contracting, Inc., a Palmer contractor, was selected as the building contractor.


We are very appreciative of the generous financial support provided by the Mat-Su Health Foundation and Rasmuson Foundation and the dedicated partners we have working on this project. The expanded services offered in this building will allow us to better serve the needs of our entire community.


For more information on the project, please contact CVTC's Executive Director, Gary Hay, at (907) 745-0749.


Announcements/Upcoming Events
Strong People Exercise Program 
The Strong People Exercise Program is again available at the Sutton Public Library and Resource Center every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. All are welcome; especially Elders. If you would like a free medical clearance, please contact the Ce'yiits' Hwnax Life House CHC.

If you like to learn more about scholarships opportunities, contact Leah Walker at (907) 745-0793 or 

Eligibility for this scholarship has 3 requirements
1. Be a chickaloon Village Tribal Citizen and have proof of enrollment
2. Not have sufficient resources to meet the essential items defined by the bureau of Indian Affairs Standard of Assistance. 
3. Meet the eligibility criteria of the specific programs of financial assistance. 

If you are interested in applying for a Scholarship please contact Leah Walker at (907) 745-0793 or 


Higher Education Program

Letter of intent to request a scholarship



Native Youth Olympics

Native Youth Olympics practice for children aged 6 to 18 is held on Mondays & Wednesdays from 3:45 - 5:30 P.M. and Friday at Ya Ne Dah Ah School from 3:45 - 5:00 P.M. If you are interested in having your child enrolled in NYO, please contact Leah Walker at (907) 745-0793 or 


Traditional Chief & Executive Director's Reports

Good Day Everyone!


I would like to thank the Rasmussen Foundation, MatSu Health Foundation, and SCF for providing funding for our new Community Health Center! It is wonderful to have such supportive partners!


The annual All Staff Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday February 25th at a location to be determined.  


Keep a good thought, Gary


Department Director Reports
Brandy Bunner, Director

Lisa Wade, Director 
The students have been busy beading for a fundraiser to fund a field trip to the Seward Sea Life Center in the spring.

The NYO program is pleased to introduce Anne Corrine as our new Jr. NYO coach. She is the mother of two or our athletes and has been a part of our NYO program for many years. If you see her around please introduce yourself and make her feel welcome. I think she is going to be a wonderful addition to the team and I look forward to working with her. 
Environmental Stewardship
Jessica Winnestaffer, Director 

January is National Radon Action Month. Test your home for radon, an invisible radioactive gas that causes lung cancer. Testing is the only way to know whether your home contains high radon levels. 

New Tool to save Energy - The Energy Star Home Advisor will help you conduct a "do-it-yourself" energy assessment, then gives you customized recommendations for improvements to help save energy and money. As you make further improvements, the Home Advisor will provide an updated assessment and recommendations. 

EPA, Jennifer Colaizzi, December 8, 2014 

EPA Administrator explains proposed smog standards to protect Americans' health. Learn about the new proposal and how it will protect the health of kids, the elderly and people who suffer from lung diseases like asthma. 

Feed people not landfills. Americans waste nearly 40 percent of the food we produce. Once in landfills, the food waste decays into methane, a powerful greenhouse gas linked to climate change. 
Health & Social Services
Lisa Wade, Director 


Elder's Lunches are Every Thursday at 12:00 P.M. at the Ne'iine' Hwnax (Government Building) in Sutton. All are welcome! For more questions, please contact Barb Leepanen at (907) 745-0704. 


C'eyiits Hwnax Life House Community health Clinic (CHC) 

Ben Olmedo, PA is now available to take schedule appointments for Department of Transportation (DOT) examinations. If you job requires you of have DOT examination you may call the clinic to schedule an appointment at (907) 631-7665. 


The C'eyiits' Hwnax Life House Community Health Center (CHC) is hosting a Women's Wellness Clinic on Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Southcentral Foundation Medical Director Shanda Lohse will be available to see women needing pap smears, pelvic exams, labs (if needed) and breast exams. This is open to all women who may not have had a Women Wellness exam in the past three years. Please contact the Life House CHC and schedule an appointment (907) 631-7665.


The Wasilla Vet Center will be available at the Life House CHC every third Thursday of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to meet with Veterans with questions about VA benefits and services. They will also be available from 1-3 p.m. at the Sutton Public Library. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please contact SCF Program Coordinator Kari Shaginoff at the Life House CHC (907) 631-7665, or call Nancy at the Sutton Library at (907) 861-7640.


Health and Elder Transportation 

The Health and Social Service Department provides transportation to medical, dental, vision, and behavioral health appointments in Anchorage and the Valley. For more information please call Caire Hursey or Jane Martin at (907) 745-0704.


Paul Pike with co-workers singing "Happy New Years" to elder's and guests at elders lunch. We also celebrated 4 birthdays - Claire Hursey, Norman Oleson, Lloyd shaginoff & Cecelia Smith who was the birthday on the 3rd. 


  ~ Dorothy Boatwright

Housing & Facilities
Samantha Ange, Director          

Notification of Housing Availability in Sutton: All interested applications are encouraged to apply, Rental Housing is limited to Low-Income Alaska Native/American Indian families. Applications are available at our housing office at 21117 E. Meyers Ave., Sutton, Ak or on our website at 

Do you or someone you know currently lack water and sewer service in a Native owned home? Alaska native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) receives funding from Indian Health Services (IHS) to provide water and/or sewer service to Native owned homes. These funds can be used to provide well and septic systems to homes that are not located within water and sewer utility service area (not within community to city public systems). 

Funding eligibility requirements include:

1. Home must be Native owned.

2. Continuous source of eligibility of the home.

3. New or like-new condition home.

4. In-home plumbing provided in the home.

5. Thermostatically controlled heat source in home. 
6. The cannot be constructed using NAHASDA funding. 

ANTHC is asking us for assistance in collecting this information so they can serve as many homes as possible. You can contact me with this information or if you have questions or comments. Please call me at (907) 745-0749 or email at with your housing needs. If there is Native owned homes that will be constructed within the next year and will meet the eligibility criteria, please let us know. 

If you have any questions please contact Samantha Ange, Housing Director at (907) 745-0749 or


TOYO STOVE NEWS- Here are some tips or reminders to help ensure you Toyo Stove continues to function properly and produce heat in the cold winter months. IGNITOR CLEANING- Cleaning the ignitor is important to prolong ignitor life. It is recommended that the ignitor to be cleaned once a week. You can either do this automatically or manually. Automatic Cleaning: If the clock is set, the heater will automatically clean the igniter for ten (10) minutes every day at 2:00 A.M. and display "CL;10" on the digital indicator if heater is running at that time. Manual cleaning: #1. Press the "HOUR" button and "MINTUE" button at the same time for more than three seconds when ON/OFF switch is "OFF". #2. Display will appear "CL;10" on the digital indicator. Cleaning will began and end without any additional input. 

Scott Chafin

We had a very small, but successful open house on January 14, 2015! Angie Wade is continuing with her HSS training in Fairbanks and Matt Schwier is continuing the D.A.R.E program. 
Transportation & Transit
Brian Winnestaffer 


A study conducted by the University of Scranton found that nearly half of all Americans make New Year's resolutions to improve some aspect of their lives. In 2015, resolve to increase your preparedness for disasters and let the Ready Campaign help keep your resolution going!


This year's Resolve to be Ready Campaign encourages families to prepare throughout the year for winter, spring, summer and fall weather hazards. The campaign provides tools and information that people can use at home, at work, and to prepare the whole community.


Download the Seasonal Preparedness Calendar so that you can plan to be prepared all year long. Other items in this year's campaign are:


1. Resolve to be Ready shareable graphics;

2. The Winter Weather Social Media Toolkit; and

3. The Holiday Preparedness Social Media Toolkit.  

Need a New Year's resolution idea?  Try this - Practice the steps necessary for disaster preparedness by planning an America's PrepareAthon! Event and register it on the America‚€™s PrepareAthon! Website. Use the FREE tools, tips and resources found on the site to help you plan an event for your community, workplace or organization!


Employment Opportunities
Employment opportunities at Southcentral Foundation!
Learn about positions by visiting our website at

Visit to learn about there Employment opportunities. 
If you have  little extra time on your hands, please consider volunteering at the Ya Ne Dah Ah School or with our Elder's lunch program. Your support is what makes these programs a success. Volunteering is fun, and our Elder's and youth appreciate you for giving the gift of your time. We are presently seeking some special assistance for one of our Ya Ne Dah Ah Students who has some special needs and could use some one-on-one support and tutoring while in school. If interested, please contact Lisa Wade at (907) 745-0793. 

Chickaloon Village would like to thank the concerned citizens who removed over 1750 lbs of trash and debris from below the old Matanuska River Bridge. Also, we appreciate the efforts of Mr. Caole of Three Star Enterprises to inform and engage the Mat-Su Borough, DNR, the City of Palmer, and CVTC.  CVTC has been cleaning up similar sites in the upper Matanuska River at Moose Creek, Eska Creek, Jonesville and Kings River. The 'informal' campgrounds that have no management or maintenance seem to have an ongoing problem of litter and waste. Again, we appreciate  the time and energy you gave toward cleaning up our watershed and documenting the issues. 

EDITOR'S NOTE: If you have family events, stories, or things to celebrate, please send me an e-mail and we will be glad to publish in the Mini Chick!
Interesting News Stories
Keeping Your Bones Healthy 

Why is bone health important?
Healthy bones allow you to do the sports and other activities you love, like playing basketball, dancing, and enjoying the outdoors with your family and friends. If you don't take steps to keep your bones healthy, you can lose too much bone and develop osteoporosis, a condition in which the cones become weak and are more likely to break. 

What do my bones need to stay healthy? 

* Calcium from dairy products, green leafy vegetables, calcium-fortified foods and beverages, and dietary supplements.

* Vitamin D from fortified milk, eggs, liver, fatty fish such as salmon, and dietary supplements. 

* Weight-bearing or weight-resistant exercise such as walking, playing sports, or lifting weights. You can make your own hand weights by filling two empty water bottles with sand or pebbles. 


Find out more! 

The Federal Government has free, easy-to-read information about bone health.

* Bone Health for Life: Health information Basics for You and Your Family.

* Healthy Bones: Why They Matter for American Indians and Alaska Natives. 

* Exercise for Your Bone Health. 



Important facts about MEDICAID 


What is Medicaid?

Medicaid is a federal-state health care program for individuals and families with low income and limited resources as determined by the State where they live. Each State has a Medicaid program; your state may have a different name for its Medicaid program. If you receive care from an Indian health program or urban Indian organization, you may still be eligible for Medicaid. 


What does Medicaid help pay for? 

There are some benefits that all states must offer. They are: 

* Inpatient and outpatient hospital services

* Nursing homes (long-term care)

* Home health (nursing care at home)

* Doctor's visits

* Laboratory and x-ray services

*Transportation to medical care 


Your state can choose to offer additional benefits such as:

* Prescription drugs/medicine 

* Vision and eyeglasses 

* Dental services 


Who may be eligible?

* Pregnant women 

* Children (19 and under) 

* Older adults (65 or older) 

* Parents and other caretakers relatives 

* Individuals with certain disabilities 



To learn more about help available, contact your Indian Health Care Provider. 

 Go online to find your state's medicaid Program


Important facts about MEDICARE 


Medicare is health insurance for: 

* People 65 or older

* People under age 65 who are disabled as determined by the Social Security Administration 

* People of any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD); permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant 


The Four Parts of Medicare


Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) 

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) 

Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage Plan) 

Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Coverage) 


To learn more about help available, contact your indian Health Care Provider.

Talk to someone who can help you find the answers, like your local:

* Indian Health Care Provider

* Community Health Representative (CHR), 

* Doctor or field Nurse, 

* Social services office, or

* 1-800-Medicare (1-800-633-4227)

* Social Security Office 









Contact Information
Chickaloon Village Traditional Council

Chickaloon Native Village

21117 East Meyers Ave, Brown Bldg.
Sutton, Alaska 99674