Notice of Intent to Apply: The Native Village of Napaimute is applying for the Indian Community Development Block Grant – American Rescue Plan Act (ICDBG-ARP) / Notice PIH-2021-22

Key strategies of this project include:

•The creation of a Tiny Home kit specifically designed for villages in our region to meet immediate needs related to the prevention and management of COVID 19.

•Expand the kit to include the necessary components and directions to make the Tiny Home an appropriate dwelling for our region: the home will be a high efficiency energy rated home, able to be heated with a small Toyo direct vent heater, with HRV (heat recovery ventilation). The goal is harnessing technological innovation to make small home construction work in a harsh, extreme and unconventional environment in an efficient and cost-effective way.

•Developing the rural economy of the nine villages in the Middle Kuskokwim /Aniak sub-region by supporting a rural workforce in a region with chronic joblessness and improving quality of life for more than 28+ rural communities by supplying a lower cost source of housing kits and providing jobs.

This project will:

  • Provide needed homes for isolation and quarantine to communities with no existing options, which is essential to controlling and stopping the spread of COVID 19.
  • Offer delivery on the Kuskokwim River by both ice road and barge so construction can commence as soon as weather allows
  • Provide a prototype of an affordable, energy-efficient design that can provide much-needed housing

Project Budget: $838,180

For additional information please contact the Napaimute Traditional Council Office: 907.545.2877 /

2021 Native Village of Napaimute Annual Meeting and Notice of Elections

At the regular scheduled September Meeting the Napaimute Traditional Council set the date for the 2021 NVN Annual Meeting and Elections.

This year’s meeting will be held on Saturday, November 13. With the continued rise in COVID cases across the region, the state, and the nation the meeting will be held virtually again.

More details and a draft agenda to follow.

There is one Council Seat open for election in 2021: Seat B – a three year term.

Seat B is currently held by Jayce Rohde.

Tribal Members 18 years of age and older that are interested in running for this seat must submit their Statement of Intent to Run no later than 5 PM Alaska Standard Time, October 23, 2021.

Statements can be mailed to:

Native Village of Napaimute Election Committee, PO Box 1301, Bethel, Alaska 99559

Or emailed to

Thank you.

The Current Napaimute Traditional Council, L-R: Tyler Kelly, Jayce Rohde, Stanley Kelly, Rachelle Rohde, Marcie Sherer


The Native Village of Napaimute is now accepting proposals from qualified entities for the following:

Development of a Cellular Phone Application for the Kuskokwim River Ice Road

The intent of this project is to improve the safety of travelers on the Kuskokwim Ice Road through easily accessible information that includes regularly updated ice thicknesses, current weather, and ice road conditions through the development of an application for cell phones.

The closing date for accepting proposals is November 15, 2021 – 5 PM Alaska Standard Time

For more information please contact:

Mark Leary


Ice Road Crew taking a lunch break around our faithful ice penetrating radar

Donlin Back Haul Project Coming to Napaimute!

2021 Donlin Gold In It For The Long Haul Backhaul Program

What: Recycle Household Electronic Waste

Where: Napaimute

When: August 3, 2021

Acceptable materials:


Computer Monitors

Computer Towers


Cell Phones

Small Appliances (toasters, microwave, coffee maker)

Lead Acid Batteries

Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Anything that takes a plug or battery!

*Please don’t remove batteries from cell phones
NON-acceptable materials:

Large appliances (washers/dryers, refrigerator, freezer, stove, etc.)

Smoke Detectors

Exit signs

Fluorescent light ballasts



Commercial/Business E-Waste

Contact: Bobby Kristovich at 545-2530, Ben Leary at 545-5736 or Mark Leary at 545-2877 for more information

Thank you for your effort to keep our communities clean!

Funding for Subsistence Fishers affected by COVID

The application to apply for Alaska CARES Act Fisheries Assistance for Subsistence Users has finally been released.  Please see the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission website (link below) for more information – the application is attached.

There is a deadline (postmarked by 5/21/21 or uploaded by 5pm 5/28/21) and you must certify that you and your family “incurred a negative impact on their ability to access subsistence fishery resources in 2020 that was directly and/or indirectly related to COVID-19.”

Jennifer Hooper
Natural Resources Director
Association of Village Council Presidents
PO Box 219, Bethel, AK 99559
(907) 543-7471

FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-19-Related Deaths

Release Date Release Number
March 24, 2021 HQ-21-071
WASHINGTON — In early April, FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral
expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help
ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. The policy was
finalized today, and FEMA is now moving rapidly to implement this funeral assistance
program nationwide. or

“At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters,” said Acting FEMA
Administrator Bob Fenton. “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense grief for so many
people. Although we cannot change what has happened, we affirm our commitment to help
with funeral and burial expenses that many families did not anticipate.”

To be eligible for COVID-19 funeral assistance, the policy states:

  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020 for a death attributed to COVID-19.
  • If multiple individuals contributed toward funeral expenses, they should apply under a single application as applicant and co-applicant. FEMA will also consider documentation from other individuals not listed as the applicant and co-applicant who may have incurred funeral expenses as part of the registration for the deceased individual.
  • An applicant may apply for multiple deceased individuals.
  • The COVID-19-related death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
  • This assistance is limited to a maximum financial amount of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application.
  • Funeral assistance is intended to assist with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation.

In the coming weeks, a dedicated 800 number will be established to help individuals who apply. In the meantime, potential applicants are encouraged to start gathering the following documentation:

  • An official death certificate that attributes the death to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the United States. The death certificate mush indicate the death “may have been caused by” or “was likely the result of” COVID-19 or COVID-19-like symptoms. Similar phrases that indicate a high likelihood of COVID-19 are considered sufficient attribution.
  • Funeral expense documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that include the applicant’s name, the deceased individual’s name, the amount of funeral expenses and dates the funeral expenses were incurred.
  • Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. Funeral assistance may not duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, federal/state/local/tribal/territorial government programs or agencies, or other sources.

For more information about this assistance, visit COVID-19 Funeral Assistance or
Related Links
Funeral Assistance FAQ