Repatriation of Igiugig Ancestors Day

Written by Sandy Alvarez on . Posted in Community News

Despite the threatening rain clouds it was a celebratory atmosphere of sorts today--Thursday September 14, 2017--in our little corner of western Alaska as we participated in the repatriation of twenty-four of the local ancestors whose remains were just this fall returned from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History where they had been since the early 1930's.

The Museum Director, Kirk Johnson and Repatriation Program Manager, Bill Billeck were in attendance providing presentations during festivities on the evening prior to the ceremony and fully involved in the proceedings of the day right down to the shoveling of soil onto the grave site.

Igiugig Receives Outstanding Recycling Community Award!

Written by Apapigainaq on . Posted in Administrative Updates

On April 28, I was honored to attend the ALPAR Awards Banquet for our Environmental Department. Since it takes the full participation of the whole community, and the passion of our Directors, I wanted to share the script they presented for our award:

"Our next award recognizes exemplary efforts to further recycling in a community in Alaska. This year, ALPAR is honored to present the Outstanding Recycling Community award to one of the smallest communities in rural Alaska that has embraced environmental stewardship in a big way. This community has had a consistently successful recycling program operating the Flying Cans program with ALPAR since it inception in the 80’s, and helping us start the ALPAR Flying bottles program for recycling plastic bottles in 2010. Our award winner is the Village of Igiugig. Situated in Southwest Alaska at end of Lake Iliamna, Igiugig is a prime site for subsistence fishing and hunting, sport fishing, tourism, and travel.

Igiugig Recieves $857,979 Grant for Yup’ik Language Progam

Written by Renée Grounds on . Posted in Administrative Updates

Igiugig Village recently received a Language Preservation and Maintenance Grant from the U.S. Administration for Native Americans. Igiugig is among 12 grantees selected nationwide, including organizations across the lower 48, in Hawaii and Guam. The $857,979 grant will be implemented over the three years of the project with the purpose of revitalizing Yugestun (Yup’ik language) in Igiugig.

Igiugig Village Receives Grant for Greenhouse and Wild Foods Project

Written by Renée Grounds on . Posted in Administrative Updates

Igiugig Village recently received a grant from the First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colorado in the amount of $39,794. This award will support the village greenhouse and a traditional wild foods initiative. The 12-month project focuses on increasing food security and providing local organic foods year-round. Igiugig's remote location makes these efforts critical to the health and nutrition of the village.