It was good to see so many of you at the Dena’ina Wellness Center for this year’s annual general membership meeting.
It was the largest annual meeting we have ever had and the first held in the new Dena’ina Wellness Center.
We spent time during the meeting reflecting on the successes of the past year, and there were many.
Now we are hard at work on what will be the successes of the coming year.
Perhaps the largest project ahead of us will be the construction of a new Elders center.
We have already met with some of our Elders to discuss what they want to see in a new building. We will have more discussions soon as we put together a project management team in partnership with our Kahtnuht’ana Development Corp.
I will make sure that you are kept informed as we move forward.
I also hope you will help keep us informed by attending the quarterly tribal membership meetings you can read about on the front page of this newsletter.
We publish all of our Council and committee meetings on the tribal website. Look for meeting times on the Calendar of Events page.
There are opportunities for you to share your experience with our services, as well.
We are having success tracking and responding to concerns through our new computerized customer service tools.
The chiqinik cards you see at all our locations help us recognize employees who provide exceptional service.
At the annual meeting, I enjoyed talking with you again about the tribe’s mission, its vision and its values. Please take a moment to read them again; they’re on the back page of this newsletter.
Few things help promote our mission, vision and values better than the preservation of our Dena’ina language.
We are really excited that Kenai Peninsula College is teaching a Dena’ina language class this semester. You may have read about the class in a recent Redoubt Reporter newspaper article.
Members of your Council and some of our staff are in among those in attendance.
We will have an article about the class in our next newsletter, scheduled to come out near the New Year.
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I also hope to see you at the membership meeting on Dec. 13!