Na’ini Social Services Department
We strive to create a supportive and caring community for one another. Kenaitze Indian Tribe has created a network of service programs offering assistance to individuals and families in need and working toward self-sufficiency.
Additional emergency services include our Food Bank and the Wild Game Harvest. It is our priority to provide food to those in need, and we keep as much emergency food provisions on hand as possible. We work with various community partners to provide opportunities for families and individuals to take part in the Wild Game Harvest. To sign up, please contact us at the information listed below.
Programs and services include:
Kenaitze Indian Tribe offers funding to assist individuals with costs related to childcare. This program is funded by the Administration of Children and Families and Cook Inlet Tribal Council.
The Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Child Protection Team works together to identify and address the needs of our children for the purpose of fostering safe physical, emotional, and social development and well-being. The Child Protection Team follows the laws, customs, and practices of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe with the authority provided by the Tribal Court and Tribal Council.
Education, Career and Workforce Development Services
Kenaitze Indian Tribe has a variety of programs to help individuals achieve success in the academic and work environments. These programs offer a full range of services designed to strengthen the economic wellbeing of our Tribal members and our community through the creation of jobs, education and training opportunities.
Kahtnuht’ana Dena’ina Values include Education: "passing down cultural knowledge and traditions and supporting formal education." As such, we are pleased to announce our Tribal Membership Scholarship Fund to assist Tribal members pursuing higher education. The Tribal Council has designated $250,000 to provide financial support to Tribal members enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college, university or trade school. Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Higher Education Program provides funds to individuals enrolled or accepted to a four-year college or university, based on need. Student housing funds are also available for qualified applicants.
Kenaitze Indian Tribe also offers funds toward vocational and on-the-job training, as well as assistance with resume writing, job referrals, career assessments, job listing and job search skills. In addition, funds are available for those who have gained employment and need assistance with work clothes and basic needs until their first paycheck arrives.
Click on these links for the applications for education, career and workforce development services:
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Program
The Na’ini Social Services Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Program provides culturally relevant advocacy, mental health screenings, educational and community awareness, housing assistance, transportation services; and works in conjunction with the Tribal Court to support victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking through the process of short and long term protective orders. Women, men and adolescents are eligible for services.
General Assistance offers financial support for food, clothing, shelter and utilities. This program is funded thru the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Burial Assistance offers financial support for burial expenses for indigent Alaska Native/American Indian persons. This program is funded thru the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Energy and Heating Assistance Program
Energy and heating assistance offers financial support for home heating or electric expenses. It is based on family size and income.
Please call to schedule an appointment. Each program has different eligibility requirements. Download an application here or pick up an application at the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's offices at 150 N. Willow Street in Kenai. You can also call to have one mailed to you.
Kenaitze Indian Tribe is dedicated to providing a drug–free, healthful, and safe environment.
Hours of operation:
Office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Monday – Friday)
Location and Contact Information:
150 North Willow Street, Kenai, Alaska 99611 (907) 335-7200