Charles Clement, who is Tsimshian and Athabaskan, serves as president and CEO of the Native American-run Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) serving 26 Alaskan communities. As an aspect of his work, Charles Clement and the SEARHC board of directors recently awarded grants to 15 of the communities the organization serves, including $50,000 to the Skagway Traditional Council.
The Skagway Traditional Council is a federally recognized Native American tribe for the Skagway Tlingit and Haida Indians. The mission of the council is to uphold the tribe’s sovereignty and government and to protect and nurture their members economically and otherwise. The Council oversees several other projects, including the Sheldon Museum and the Sealaska Heritage Center.
The Council will be able to use the money from SEARHC within the year to support local Alaska Native and American Indian residents with recreation center memberships. They will also make improvements to area bathrooms, adding in grab bars and non-slip mats for safety. In addition, the Council will be able to make non-smoking patches available along with helmets for the region’s youth.