Our village has been active! We started summer with a regular monthly meeting on June 4th. We reviewed all customer accounts and our financial standing. There were many trip reports and department updates. We also voted to fund another student for the Dan Salmon Scholarship Fund. Lukas Zackar will be attending AVTEC to study Construction Technology in the fall. The other recent recipient awarded was Keith Andrew, who will be pursuing a pilot’s license in the winter. We are excited for their endeavors. Thank you to everyone that has donated to the fund.
On June 5 I traveled with the Nilavena Tribal Health Consortium to visit McGrath Regional Clinic, which serves the outlying communities of Nikolai, Telida, and Takotna. They transferred their health services from Tanana Chiefs Conference to Southcentral Foundation. We toured the facility, met with their health aides and village to see if they were happy with that decision and it is working out for the best health care. Since the Nilavena Subregional Clinic and the consortium of the Lake villages was established, our health coverage in Igiugig has been under the umbrella of two organizations: Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation (for behavioral health, hiring of health aides, environmental health, etc) and Southcentral Foundation (dental, doctor visits, etc). The two organizations have never signed an MOU or MOA, which we have urged them to do for the past decade. We have also felt that we were really lacking in the delivery of behavioral services, and have talked about transferring all health services to Southcentral Foundation at every quarterly meeting. On June 11, Igiugig Village Council convened again to pass a resolution authorizing Southcentral Foundation to enter into a self-governance compact and funding agreement with Indian Health Service on behalf of Igiugig. This movement will begin in the fall, and I can field any questions about this.
Our downtown has been bustling with construction as Iliamna Lake Contractors installed the water intake line from the river, up the bank, to the site where the water tank will be built. ANTHC is completing the interior work: new plumbing, new filters, and a chlorine closet has been constructed for the eventual move to surface water.
We have had many visitors too – the World Wildlife Fund completed an energy tour of the community. I had the opportunity to do a short Place Names presentation to the Bristol Bay Flyfishing and Guide Academy which took place at Kulik Lodge this year. I also accompanied our elders Mike and Dallia Andrew so they could tell traditional stories to the students. The lodge is nestled between Kulik and Novianuk Lakes, next to Kulik river, in Katmai National Park. It is perfectly picturesque and we were so fortunate to partake. We are proud of our two locals – Sharolynn and Tatyana who attended.
Otherwise, we have a lot of activities happening – a little village beautification, some progress on our Yup’ik plants project, a kuspuk meeting to design the kuspuks for our up-and-coming local dance group, and continuously pumping out more grant applications for future village improvements. And now….to make dry fish…canned fish…smoked fish…filleted fish….fish head soup….grilled fish….fried fish…fish fish fish! The SALMON are coming and I am thankful for all of the day light!