Anchorage, Alaska - Chickaloon. Tyonek. Seldovia. Ninilchik. Kenaitze. Eklutna. Knik. Salamatof. These are among the tribes living in the 38,000 square-mile Cook Inlet region of south central Alaska.
The Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) serves more than 12,000 Alaska natives and American Indians a year, helping them achieve their potential through 35 culturally appropriate programs. CITC programs include child and family services, employment and job training, and recovery services.
With a growing service population and increasing needs for stronger administrative systems and technology, the Tribal Council turned to the Foundation for assistance. That multi-year grant helped them enhance their database, computers and software to transfer knowledge and skills among staff, other agencies and nonprofits. Now, large numbers of clients are better served by having one entry portal for a range of services. Staff can monitor their clients' progress in real time, allowing them to move in a streamlined, connected way among the departments and agencies that help them.
And the Council knows what's working—and not working—in its services.
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Creating positive change for Alaska's Native people requires strategic approaches that acknowledge and address complex underlying causes of social disparity. Cook Inlet Tribal Council has adopted an approach to working with community members that is anchored in Alaska Native self-sufficiency.
With Foundation support, the Council established a new centralized office facility and a Center for Indigenous Practice. Our newly updated technology systems permit the development and sharing of best practices, rooted in Indigenous values and knowledge.
Individuals and families in need can now come to one place to receive a range of opportunities and services that were previously dispersed or inaccessible: the father on the brink of losing custody of his son can learn the skills needed to be a good father. The single mother without a job is welcomed into a system of support that provides emergency assistance, training and job skills. Teenagers have access to an after-school media lab that engages their interests, gives them an opportunity for creative expression, and opens up new possibilities for a successful future.
Cook Inlet Tribal Council has taken the next step in its evolution, from meeting the needs of individuals one at a time to improving systems that benefit other tribal organizations and entire communities.