Kenaitze Indian Tribe

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The Kenaitze tribe announced plans for a multi-million dollar expansion of its facilities in Kenai Thursday.

 

 


Kenaitze Indian Tribe

 

It’s been almost two years since the Kenai’tize tribe’s Henu Community Wellness Court began taking cases. Now, a half dozen graduates have completed the program that’s designed to tackle substance abuse issues outside the criminal justice system.

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In a small room of a little building on the Kenaitze Indian Tribe campus in Old Town Kenai, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams heard a big message — comprehensive, integrated care is the way to treat those trapped in the opioid epidemic.

Dr. Adams was touring Alaska this week with a particular focus on learning how the opioid epidemic is affecting the state. He visited Kenai on Thursday specifically to tour the tribe’s Dena’ina Wellness Center and Henu’ Community Wellness Court.

“It would be incredibly presumptuous and, in my opinion, incredibly wrong of me to think that we can sit in Washington, D.C. and figure out what folks need in any part of the United States, and especially out in Alaska,” Adams said. “So it’s important to get out and find out what’s working well and what’s not working. And I’ve heard from many folks that the Wellness Center is an example of how to provide many services in an integrated way to individuals, and that’s why we came here.”


Last week’s Job and Career Fair presented by the Alaska Job Center saw hundreds of Central Peninsula residents attending, hoping to find that perfect new job. There were also a score of presenters, that ranged from military recruiters to healthcare and from carpentry to seafood processing.

Gloria Rhodes was one of the recruiters attending the all-day event at the Soldotna Sports Complex. She works for the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, which has been on a steady growth curve in the past decade.

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Bart Garber is the new executive director of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, overseeing many new programs and facilities in Kenai.

Across the state and on the Kenai, Native languages are finding new life through new speakers.

After 10 years as executive director of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Jaylene Peterson-Nyren has resigned, effective June 16. A statement issued by the tribe says current Operations Director Dee Dee Fowler will lead the Tribal Council in its search for a new ED. During her time with the tribe, Peterson-Nyren oversaw the opening of the Dena’ina Wellness Center, the Tyotkas Elder Center and the new Henu’ Community Wellness Court, which began taking cases earlier this year.