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Nalukataq in Utqiaġvik by Sven Haakanson, Jr., PhD (Alutiiq/Sugpiat)

First Alaskans Institute (FAI) has been monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to be good relatives and protect the health and safety of our staff and community. We know we are all in this together and would like to share resources that we have either created or found that are helping us navigate this pandemic and our “new normal” here in our homelands.  Many of these are working documents or resources that will continue to be updated, so we’ll try to keep on top of that as well. 

*Please Note* – We do not claim ownership of resources we didn’t create.  We are also not sharing any of this as legal advice or provide any guarantees about these resources.  We are doing our best to only share information we have used or found educational.  

If you have any questions, updates or suggestions, please send them to [email protected] and we will respond as soon as we are able.  

Be well.

Organizational Resources


Financial Relief

Tribal Response

What is my region doing to respond? 

  1. Southcentral 
    • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) COVID-19 Information
    • Guidance from ANTHC if you have symptoms or exposure to COVID-19:
      • If you or a family member has flu-like symptoms (fever, cough or shortness of breath), or believe you may have been exposed to coronavirus, you should:
      • Remain home and call your primary care provider. Calling ahead helps to determine the most appropriate care.
      • Refrain from visiting hospital emergency departments, urgent care or outpatient clinics to avoid spreading the virus. If you need to visit the ANMC Emergency Department with symptoms, call ahead for procedures to limit exposure to others at (907) 729-1729.
      • Additional information about COVID-19 Testing at ANMC.
    • Medical transports and Elder resource specialists are available through the Southcentral Foundation Elder Program: (907) 729-6500
    • Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. – Nat’uh Access & Operations During COVID-19 Pandemic
  2. Prince William Sound
  3. YK Delta
  4. Norton Sound
  5. Northwest Arctic 
  6. North Slope 
  7. Interior 
    • Guidance from TCC: If you think you have COVID-19 or if you need to go to the clinic, call the COVID19 Hotline first: 907-451-6682 (Dial 9)
    • Tanana Chiefs Conference – COVID-19 Updates
  8. Southeast 
    • See how SEARHC is responding to COVID-19 here.
    • COVID-19 Hotline – 907.966.8799
    • Guidance from SEARHC if you are sick: Call your local health clinic before visiting or the COVID-19 Hotline. Calling ahead to make an appointment before seeing a clinician will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed. When you call, make sure you tell the provider if you think you may have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19, either through travel or with an actual case of the disease.
    • Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources website. They have created a Tribal Emergency Operations Center.
    • Sealaska Coronavirus Updates
    • Sealaska Heritage Institute News updates
  9. Bristol Bay 
  10. Kodiak Island
  11. Aleutian Chain & Pribilofs
  12. Copper River Basin

Virtual Coffee Time For the People Recordings

Quyana cakneq for everyone who joined us for the *Virtual Coffeetime* for the People on March 18, March 22, April 26 and May 6! Gunalchéesh to our guests who joined us and shared their wisdom and stories. We will continue to host more virtual coffee times.

We apologize for background noise – our team was working hard behind the scenes to troubleshoot the audio for all to hear. Thank you for your patience during this first time doing this. 

Frequently Asked Questions and Other Information

How do I find out if I have COVID-19? What should I know? 

Who is most at risk? 

How do I keep myself and my family safe? 

Misinformation & Rumors – Be responsible about what you say and post in person or on social media. Ask yourself:

Feeding Your Families

Educational Resources: 

Where can I find the latest updates from the State and Federal Governments?