Kalskag Crew Completes Timber Harvesting Equipment Training in Washington Funded Through ICDBG

A new generation of KLG timber harvester operators - possibly the only Alaska Native Certified Harvester Operators in the World: L-R Andrew Kameroff, Jr., Nickolai Savage, Instructor Alan Waldan, Stanley Morgan

A new generation of KLG timber harvester operators – possibly the only Alaska Native Certified Harvester Operators in the World: L-R Andrew Kameroff, Jr., Nickolai Savage, Instructor Alan Waldan, Stanley Morgan, unidentified

An example of the certificates they recieved

An example of the certificates they received

11-15 after being weathered out for a day the KLG crew arrives in Anchorage just in time to catch the flight to Seattle as it was boarding

11-15 after being weathered out for a day the KLG crew arrives in Anchorage just in time to catch the flight to Seattle as it was boarding

11-6 After a long flight and a long drive, Nickolai gets to see what a brand new harvester head looks like at the training facility in Kelso/Longview Washington

11-6 After a long flight and a long drive, Nickolai gets to see what a brand new harvester head looks like at the training facility in Kelso/Longview Washington. This was the first time out of Alaska for Nickolai & Stanley

It's been a few years since these guys had to sit in a classroom!

It’s been a few years since these guys had to sit and behave in a classroom!

Learning to program the computer that runs the harvester head

Andrew learning to program the computer that runs the harvester head

Learning to troubleshoot the electronics and computer system

Learning to troubleshoot the electronics and computer system

Computer creen, keyboard, and control modules - these are all found on the harvester at the Kalskag timber harvest site

Computer screen, keyboard, and control modules – these are all found on the harvester at the Kalskag timber harvest site

What is looks like up close - very sophisticated technology

What it looks like up close – very sophisticated technology

Nickolai mastering the simulator - easy for the X-Box generation!

Nickolai mastering the simulator – easy stuff for the X-Box generation!

Field trip to Wood's Logging Supply where we order some of our supplies from.

Field trip to Wood’s Logging Supply where we order some of our supplies from.

After completing the classroom training it was time to head into the Washington hills to observe a large scale timber harvest operation

After completing the classroom training it was time to head into the Washington hills to observe a large scale timber harvest operation – Andrew & Stanley are riding with the logging company owner in the lead truck

L-R Andrew & Stanley geared up

L-R Andrew & Stanley geared up

Logs being trucked from the harvest site to the mills along the Columbia River

Logs being trucked from the harvest site to the mills along the Columbia River

Stan is especially observant on the differences between Washington wood on ours. Although these trees on this truck are about the same diameter as ours they are much younger.

Stan is especially observant on the differences between Washington wood and ours. Although the trees on this truck are about the same diameter as Middle Kuskokwim timber they are much, much younger.

Observing a "yarder" in operation was a real treat. We had only seen these on "Axemen" before this.

Observing a “yarder” in operation was a real treat. We had only seen these on the T.V. show “Axemen” before this.

Andrew climbing into the harvester that is working with the "yarder"

Andrew climbing into the harvester that is working with the “yarder”

Watching the slingers down in the valley hooking logs up to the yarder to be pulled up the hill

Watching the slingers down in the valley hooking logs up to the yarder to be pulled up the hill

Something the Kalskag crew has in common with the Washington loggers - a campfire to warm up and have coffee or lunch by

Something the Kalskag crew has in common with the Washington loggers – a campfire to warm up and have coffee or lunch by

We also learned about reforestation techniques

We also learned about reforestation techniques

We even saw some Big Foot tracks!

We even saw some Big Foot tracks!

We are very grateful to the following for making this life changing training for our People possible:

  • the U.S. HUD Indian Community Development Block Grant
  • Alan Waldman and the rest of the staff at Waratah, USA
  • Lisa Feyereisen, NVN Administrative Support

Thank you.

Public Notice: NVN’s Intent to Apply for Trail Grant Funding

Public Notice

Trail Grant Program

The Alaska State Park trails grant applicant listed below provides this public courtesy notice. If you have any questions or comments about the proposed grant application, please contact the grant applicant. Grant applicants should post this notice for at least three weeks prior to the application deadline

  1. Grant Applicant Contact Information:

Name of Organization or Agency: Napaimute Traditional Council

Contact Person: Mark Leary

Mailing Address: PO Box 1301, Bethel, AK 99559

Phone: (907) 545-2877; Napaimute Office (907) 222-5058

Fax:

Email: napaimute@gci.net

 

  1. Project Title: Napaimute Trail System

 

  1. Project Description: The Napaimute Traditional Council is pursuing a trail grant from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources for 2017 and 2018. The grant is for the development and maintenance of the winter trails of the Napaimute Trail System that includes the trail running along the Kuskokwim River from Kalskag to Crooked Creek. Any trail grant funds received will be used for identifying, clearing, and marking trails public use for travel and recreation.  To offer support or if you have questions, contact Mark Leary at napaimute@gci.net.

 

  1. Project Location:
  2. Identify the nearest communities: Kalskag, Aniak, Chuathbaluk, Napaimute, Crooked Creek
  3. Attach a map showing the location of your proposed project (page two of this notice)
  4. Provide the meridian, township(s), range(s) and section(s) from a USGS topographical map

 

  1. Future Notice: To view a list of the grant applications in your area, visit the State of Alaska, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation web site at www.alaskastatetrails.org
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Map of Proposed Winter Trail Marking Project

 

 

2016 NVN Annual Meeting Announcement & Location:

Location of 2016 NVN Annual Meeting

Location of 2016 NVN Annual Meeting

2016 Annual Meeting & Notice of Election:

The 2016 Native Village of Napaimute Annual Meeting will be held at the CITC Centennial Center, 9131 Centennial Circle, Anchorage, Alaska on November 5, 2016.

Registration will begin at 8:30 am and the meeting will begin at 9:00 am.

The Native Village of Napaimute is doing a lot of new and exciting things in the region and we look forward to reporting on them to our tribal membership.

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The 2016 Napaimute Traditional Council Elections will also be held during the Annual Meeting.

Both incumbents, Devron Hellings and Marcie Sherer are running unopposed but please cast your vote. Ballots and self-addressed stamped envelopes have been mailed to all eligible tribal members.

Voters will be entered into a drawing for (2) – $250 prizes

You do not need to mail in your ballot if you will be attending the meeting in person.

Hope to see you there!

Thank you.

 

Northern Industrial Institute Heavy Equipment Maintenance, Repair, & Operations Training at Kalskag Timber Harvest Site

L-R: NIT Instructor Mike Hobbs with NVN Timber Harvest Crew

L-R: NIT Instructor Mike Hobbs with NVN Timber Harvest Crew

NVN is currently holding a 10 day Heavy Equipment Maintenance, Repair & Operations course for our employees at the Kalskag Timber Harvest Site.

The training is being conducted by the Northern Industrial Institute out of Palmer.

This valuable training is being sponsored in large part by the Donlin Gold, LLC Community Support Program with additional support from AVCP Education, Employment, and Training Department.

Thank you very much to Donlin and AVCP for the support.

NVN Position Opening: Tribal Operations Accountant

NATIVE VILLAGE OF NAPAIMUTE

Position Opening:

JOB TITLE:                                 Tribal Accountant

DEPARTMENT:                       Native Village of Napaimute Tribal Administration

REPORTS TO:                            Tribal Administrator

POSITION STATUS:                Part Time 30 to 40 hours per month

JOB CLASSIFICATION:         DOE

SUMMARY:

The Tribal Accountant, under the supervision of the Tribal Administrator, oversees all financial processes and data for the Napaimute Tribe. The Accountant accurately processes and maintains all financial records of the Tribal Administration. Utilizing established policies and procedures and assist in the overall financial management.

 DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Processes accounts payable and accounts receivable on a regular basis
    • Processes payroll for direct employees on a biweekly basis to include preparing and paying associated benefits and liabilities
    • Prepares quarterly and annual payroll reports to state and federal agencies
    • Completes bank reconciliations on a monthly basis
    • Responsible for all aspects of the General Ledger (GL) including jobs and classes for grant accounting, due to/from accounts, account maintenance, and monthly reconciliation of the GL and other accounting sub-ledgers.
    • Cash management including cash draws from granting agencies, intercompany transfers and due to/from accounts in accordance with policy
    • Prepares comprehensive budget and individual grant specific budgets as assigned.
    • Responsible for preparing the indirect cost proposal, applying the indirect cost rate to grant expenditures and analyzing and presenting overall effects to management.
    • Manages accounting system to accurately account for grant revenue and expenditures, compliance and reporting
    • Prepares grant financial reports in compliance with grant requirement set by granting entities.
    • Manages financial aspect of inventory for resale and cost of goods sold in Enterprise system.
    • Manages the annual audit and prepares the annual financial statements
    • Develop and implement solid internal control, policy and procedures, to safeguard assets.
    • Maintain a complete set of financial records of the Tribe.
    • Generate monthly financial statements on a combined and individual fund basis.
    • Analyze financial information ensure compliance with regulatory and statutory requirements and adherence to generally accepted accounting principles and present budget to actual variances on a regular basis.
    • Works closely with the Director of Operations and Capital Assets to insure financial integrity of the accounting records are maintained                
    • Performs other duties as assigned. 

 

ACCOMMODATION: 

The position requires the ability to carry out the noted essential job duties as outlined above. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of Tribal Accountant. Preference given to Tribally enrolled applicants.

KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCIES:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Must be willing to work flexible hours as needed. Trustworthiness is required.

Education:

BA in Accounting or other business field required

AA in accounting with 4 years’ experience may be substituted for BA in Accounting

Knowledge and Skills:

Experience in broad spectrum of financial, accounting, bookkeeping and office procedures are required. Governmental and Fund Accounting experience desired.

Experience in various mediums of accounting software required.

Experience preparing and applying indirect cost rates to grant expenses and analyzing outcomes.

Strong understanding of internal controls including segregation of duties, required to preserve the proper checks and balances maintaining the integrity of Napaimute’s financial systems.

Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft products required.

10-key by touch

Strong keyboard skills

Self-directed with ability to meet strict timelines with full responsibility for outcomes

 Teamwork:

Strong interpersonal skills to work effectively within and outside of the Napaimute Tribal Administration.  Exercises tact and diplomacy in working with other departments and agencies.

Ethics:

Strong adherence to corporate policies and procedures; maintains strict corporate confidentiality.

Dependability:

Reports to work timely and consistently. Dependable attendance is an essential job function.

For more information or to request on application email napaimute@gci.net

Thank you.

 

NVN Receives Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Award

The following was taken from a September 12, 2016 press release issued by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Alaska State Office:

THIRTEEN ALASKA NATIVE ORGANIZATIONS WIN $7 MILLION IN HUD INDIAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDS TO ADDRESS HOUSING & COMMNITY PRIORITIES

We are pleased to announce that the Native Village of Napaimute was one of the 13 Alaska Native Organizations that received this funding. The purpose of NVN’s award is (as quoted from the press release):

  • The Native Village of Napaimute is receiving an ICDBG of $600,000 to enhance an existing economic development program by purchasing a local sawmill and relocating the sawmill and all support buildings to its Lower Kalskag Timber Harvest Site where it will increase their timber harvesting and production capability.  With the purchase of the sawmill, timber will now be able to be milled into truss lumber, cured, stored, and then sold providing a foundation of future economic sustainability.

The ICDBG program was established in 1977 to help Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages meet their community development needs.  Federally recognized Indian tribes, bands, groups or nations (including Alaska Indian, Aleuts and Eskimos,) Alaska Native villages, and eligible tribal organizations compete for this funding each year.

The goal of the program is to develop viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including neighborhoods with decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities. Communities can use the grants to rehab or build new housing; to buy land for housing; for infrastructure projects such as roads, water and sewer facilities; and to spur economic development including jobs.

A huge thank you to Lisa Feyereisen, NVN Administrative Support, for all her hard work towards developing a successful ICDBG proposal for our tribe:

                                                           “From Timber to Trusses”

Employment & Energy Efficiency

A proposal to put local people to work, using local renewable resources, in direct support of our regional housing authority’s mandate to provide affordable energy efficient housing throughout the Yukon-Kuskokwim Region

New NVN Program and New Job Opening:

The Native Village of Napaimute is pleased to announce the implementation of a new environmental program for our tribe – the EPA Brownsfield Program. The purpose of this program is to allow tribes to develop the capacity to survey and inventory potential Brownfields (contaminated or suspected to be contaminated) sites such as old mines, fuel tank farms, abandoned military installations,  etc. With this capacity tribes will then be able to develop and implement plans for tribal response such as clean up and remediation. This work will also provide the means for Public participation and the establishment of a Public Record. With many old mine and other abandoned sites in the Middle Kuskokwim this can be a meaningful, interesting and exciting job.

See attached announcement for the new NVN Brownsfield Coordinator position:

BROWNSFIELD COORDINATOR JOB DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Native Village of Napaimute Annual Meeting & Election Notice:

L-R: Napaimute Traditional Council Member Shelly Leary with Napaimute Traditional Chief Delores Matter

L-R: Napaimute Traditional Council Member Shelly Leary with Napaimute Traditional Chief Delores Matter at the 2015 NVN Annual Meeting

The 2016 Native Village of Napaimute Annual Meeting will be held November 5th in Anchorage. The location is still being determined.

Napaimute Traditional Council Elections will be held at this time.

There are currently two seats open for election:

Seat D, 3 year term – currently occupied by Marcie Sherer

Seat E, 3 year term – currently occupied by Devron Hellings

Tribal members 18 years of age and above are eligible to run for either of these seats.

Tribal members interested in running must submit their Letter of Intent to Run no later than October 15th. Please specify which seat you are running for. Letters may be submitted by email or regular postal mail.

Please do not nominate others. Potential candidates must express their interest themselves.

Thank you.