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The Alaska Tribal Conference on Environmental Management, organized by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, is an annual gathering that brings together Tribes, Non-profits, and State and Federal organizations, for a week of environmental conversations. The discussions focus on finding and implementing solutions to address the unique environmental concerns facing Alaskan communities.  

November 14 - 17, 2017

 

Hilton Downtown Hotel in Anchorage Alaska

 
 
 

Keynote Speakers & Performers

 
Commissioner Valerie Davidson Commissioner Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson. Valarie Nurr’araaluk Davidson is an enrolled tribal member of the Orutsaramiut Native Council (ONC). Davidson has worked for over 15 years as a national policy maker on matters affecting Indian Health. Most recently, she served as the Senior Director of Legal and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, where she represented Alaska Native health needs at federal and state levels. Davidson served as chair of the Tribal Technical Advisory Group to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from its inception in 2004 until August 2014. She represented all tribes over a period that spanned the terms of several Secretaries of Health & Human Services under both Republican and Democratic administrations. Davidson was also the spokesperson, chief political and legal strategist for ANTHC’s Dental Health Aide Therapy Program, the country’s first mid-level dental program. Davidson served for 11 years as the Technical Co-Lead Negotiator of the Alaska Tribal Health Compact and served on a team to negotiate agreements with the Veterans Administration that allow rural veterans to seek care in their home communities. Valerie also negotiated a tri-party agreement to streamline rural sanitation construction projects with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the State of Alaska and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Davidson also served as Chair of The Foraker Group, Chair of the Alaska Commission on Children and Youth, as a member of the Alaska Health Care Commission, and the U.S. Department of Justice Advisory Committee on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence. She currently serves as a Trustee of the First Alaskans Institute. Davidson earned her juris doctorate, with a certificate in Indian law, from the University of New Mexico School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree in education with a minor in bilingual education from University of Alaska Southeast. Davidson, a Yup’ik, was born in Bethel.

Robert Onders PhD. Dr. Robert Onders joined Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) in 2015 as Medical Director of Community and Health Systems Improvement. Prior to joining ANTHC Dr. Onders worked as clinical director for Kodiak Area Native Association and emergency department director at West Park Hospital in Cody, Wyoming. Dr. Onders graduated from a combined six year B.S./M.D. program through Kent State University and Northeast Ohio Medical University in 1997. He completed his family medicine residency, Juris Doctorate, and Masters of Public Administration with the University of Wyoming. Currently, Dr. Onders is also serving as the Interim President of Alaska Pacific University.

Michael Y. Brubaker, M.S. Michael Y. Brubaker, M.S. Mike is the director for the Community Environment and Health Department at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Mike’s work focuses on helping rural Alaska communities achieve healthy environmental conditions. He was born in Juneau and raised mostly in Anchorage, where he still lives today. He earned a BS in Biology from St. Lawrence University and a MS in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco. He has worked in the Alaska Tribal Health System since 1997, having spent ten years at the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association and the past ten years at ANTHC. He has been regular participant at ATCEM since 1996.

Tina Marie Woods Tina Marie Woods is Aleut originally from St. Paul Island, Alaska and Chamorro from the Island of Guam. She is the Senior Director of Community Health Services for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Professionally, she is a licensed clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology with a Rural Indigenous Emphasis from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She maintains longevity working within the Alaska Tribal Health System with majority of her time as an administrator for the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA). She respectfully blends both Western science and indigenous practices based on teachings from Elders. She has dedicated her academic training and career towards working with Alaska Native Peoples to provide quality, holistic and comprehensive health services. She presents with “lived experience” and leverages such experience in combination with science for teaching others about trauma informed care. She strongly believes in going upstream with prevention efforts in order to make a significant difference for future generations.

Spirit – the 7th Fire of Alaska A truly magnificent masterwork, shows how diverse cultures can collaborate to create an entirely new vision for establishing balance and harmony both within ourselves and with the natural world. Brought to you by the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Alaska Dance Theater and Theater Artists United. Spirit-the 7th Fire of Alaska is an Alaska Native adaptation of Peter Buffet’s multicultural rock and dance spectacular. Spirit – The 7th Fire tells a dramatic story of one man’s journey to find balance between the culture in which he exists and his roots, rich in heritage, tradition and connected to the natural world. It is a journey of self-discovery that renews within him the mystery, beauty and spirit of his ancestors and bring him into a magical place where his past meets his present. Spirit-the 7th Fire of Alaska will perform three songs from the show.

Polly Andrews & Ossie Kairaiuak. Polly was raised in Southwest Alaska, and originates from the villages of Chevak and Lower Kalskag; she is of Cup’ik & Norwegian descent. After spending high school in Fairbanks, she moved to Anchorage to pursue a degree in Human Services, and was the first in her family to receive a Bachelor’s when she graduated in December.  She is married to her sweetheart Ossie, and they are parents to three little lively children. Today, she and Ossie enjoy sharing Native humor, traditional song, dance and story with the community today. Ossie is Yupik from the Village of Chefornak. The youngest of ten siblings, Ossie grew up a traditional way of life, learning the values of song and dance, seal-hunting, and traditional wood-working from his father. In 1991 he graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a Bachelors in Art and Sculpture. Today, Ossie is known for his craftsmanship in drum making, mask-carving, and traditional song-composing, and has traveled the globe sharing Inuit Indigenous knowledge and history through his widely known Inuit music group, Pamyua.

Princess Daazhraii Johnson is Neets'aii Gwich'in and her family is from Arctic Village, Alaska. Mrs. Johnson currently works as the Program Manager for the Holistic Approach to Sustainable Northern Communities at the Cold Climate Housing Research center. She is also an actor/director/producer and has been a member of the SAG-AFTRA Native American Committee since 2007 and also serves on the Board of Dancing with the Spirit - a program that promotes spiritual wellness through music. Mrs. Johnson received a B.A. in International Relations from the George Washington University and a Master in Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage with a focus on Environmental Science Education. In 2015, she was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Institute of American Indian Arts. She lives in Fairbanks with her husband James, and her three boys and two dogs.

Alyssa London is an enrolled tribal citizen of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. She is the first Tlingit Miss Alaska USA and placed in top ten at Miss USA 2017, becoming the first Miss Alaska USA to place as a finalist in almost 30 years. Alyssa was also appointed a 2017 Cultural Ambassador for Sealaska Heritage Institute. In this role, she worked to showcase the vitality of not only her tribe's culture, but Alaska Native and Indigenous cultures. One way she did this was by making a very public statement at Miss USA - being proud of her culture and who she is. She stated "I am Tlingit" in her Native language on national television, and she wore a robe with her clan crest of the Killerwhale over her evening gown to emulate a ceremonial Tlingit robe. The gown has come to be known as "the dress" around Alaska. For Alyssa's work, bringing awareness to the vitality of Native American culture today and proving to be a promising leader, Alyssa was recognized in 2017 on the 40 under 40 list by the National Center of American Indian Enterprise Development. Alyssa graduated from Stanford University in 2012 with a B.A. in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, she is also a 2011 National Udall scholar for her work on Native American Public Policy. In addition, she graduated as a Stanford Cap and Gown Honors Student, and her thesis received the school's Oskinson award for her work studying rural economic development in Southeast Alaska. Alyssa believes that economic development and increased job creation to help more families provide for themselves is a way to improve many social and health issues faced in rural Alaska communities. Alyssa is a professional keynote and motivational speaker as well as a small business owner. She travels throughout Alaska and the Lower 48 visiting schools, hospitals, cultural events, conferences and other venues to share her message of the importance of embracing one's heritage, taking education seriously, and living the life you envision by having an entrepreneurial and positive mindset. Alyssa's entrepreneurial spirit cause her to found Our Cultural Story, which promotes awareness of cultures through the art of gift-giving. Alyssa served as the elected Youth Board advisor for her Alaska Native Corporation, Sealaska for a one-year term from 2014-2015. In this capacity she participated in the conversations in the Boardroom that included making strategic investments in the local economy to provide more jobs for tribal member shareholders. Alyssa was hired by Microsoft out of college through the Microsoft Accelerated College Hire Program after a summer internship the year before. She worked as a Partner Marketing Manger. Alyssa has also traveled internationally on her own having been to almost thirty countries as she loves learning about other cultures. In her free time, she stays very active by running, hiking and enjoying the great outdoors.
   

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