In reflecting on the events and accomplishments of this past year, I am incredibly thankful for the resiliency of our staff and tribal leadership.
We are nearly complete with the construction of the Dena'ina Wellness Center – for those of you who are not within driving distance of the building, you may see updates on the Dena’ina Wellness Center page of this website.
Save the date! We are planning public grand opening festivities for June 13, 14 and 15.
Look for more information soon, both here and on our brand new Facebook page. We plan on using Facebook as yet another tool to share news and information. Find us there at http://www.facebook.com/kenaitze.
Our healthcare leadership staff have been working hard to prepare for occupying the building and for the new integrated system of care that serves the whole human being, in one location – body, mind and spirit. The sometimes overwhelming task of selecting furniture, fixtures and equipment has been completed by staff and the Art and Interiors Committee. Our Health Committee and Council are working in partnership with our healthcare leadership staff to set policy as we prepare for national accreditation of our programs, and for our move into the new facility.
Last year, we set forth strategic goals to move forward with the formation of the Kahtnuht'ana Development Corporation. A board of directors has been appointed and has met several times, most recently in a strategic session to set forth an initial operating budget and to begin recruitment for a new President/CEO to lead the company. The goal remains that KDC will, in the future, offset our reliance on outside sources of funding for programs and services. KDC is an investment in our future. Many thanks to the Board of Directors of KDC for your hard work and vision!
In this year, we have completed a comprehensive needs assessment that will assist us greatly in planning intentionally around our 2025 Vision, “by 2025, the Kahtnuht'ana Dena'ina have enhanced and strengthened the prosperity, health and culture of their people and tribe."
We will be holding a series of planning sessions to set long-term, measurable goals for the next several years leading up to 2025.
A question comes to my mind whenever discussing this vision - how old will we (Elders and adults) be in 2025? What needs do we recognize now that we will need to prepare for? How old will our children and grandchildren be in 2025? How are we preparing them for our shared future? One significant way we will meet this goal is to continue to invest in our children and youth through a tribal education system, a formal mentoring program and through succession planning – we will act intentionally and with great care around growing leadership within our tribal membership and staff. All of these goals have been set forth by the Council as we move forward into 2014.
Clare Swan said once that, “time is running by us on little children's feet.” She was right! In response, the tribe set out to embrace our children and families through our Kuya Qyut’anen Head Start program, our Jabila'ina dance group, and our Yaghanen Youth Programs.
As we look forward, we rely on the strength and leadership that has come before us. We have much to be thankful for and a bright future lies ahead of us. We are committed to our legacy, to assure that Kahtnuht'ana Dena'ina thrive forever.