Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska

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Tribal Programs and Services

The Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska operates to primarily serve the Unangan people of Unalaska, descendants of the original inhabitants of Unalaska, Sedanka, and Amaknak Islands, Alaska. Below is a summary of the Tribal Programs and Services currently available through the Qawalangin Tribe.

Qawalangin Tribal Membership

Under the Constitution of the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska, Article IV outlining Membership Requirements, Basic Membership of the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska shall consist of all persons of Aleut descent whose names appear on the 1940 Census, the World War II Evacuee Roll, and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act(ANCSA) Roll.  To qualify to become a Tribal Member, you must be a lineal descendant of an enrolled Tribal Member and fill out the Enrollment Application. After an application is received, the Tribal Council then votes on enrollment applications at every Council Meeting, according to their qualifications. Once accepted, if you would like a Tribal ID, fill out the Tribal Identification Card Request Form and mail it back to our office.   

The record keeping process of the Qawalangin Tribe of its tribal members is fundamental, to keep records accurate and up to date,  for address and name changes, members are required to contact the Administrative Staff.  If you are interested in completing the Tribal Enrollment process, or need to change your name and/or address, visit our "Forms" page, email:
[email protected] , or stop by the Qawalangin Tribe's office today. 

Note: the Qawalangin Tribe prohibits dual membership.

Tribal Scholarship Opportunities

The Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska strives to help our Tribal Members obtain various scholarship opportunities; whether it is for  youth, or a young adult pursuing education at an accredited college or university, or adult vocational school. 

Higher Education Scholarships are provided to Tribal Members only.  Applicants must fill out the application forms every semester. Educational institutions in which the applicant plans to attend must send Official Transcripts to the Qawalangin Tribe, and in order to receive a scholarship, the prospective recipient must keep at least a 2.5 GPA to remain eligible. Also, please note that the maximum length  of time a student will be funded is 5 years.

Supplemental Education Scholarships, or Adult Vocational Training (AVT) Scholarships, are provided to Tribal Members only.  To qualify, applicants must be residing in Unalaska, and have been  doing so for at least one year prior to applying for financial assistance. Applicants must also show that the educational scholarship relates to their selected field of work.

Please contact the Tribe's  Office for more information on scholarships for Higher Education, Supplemental Education (AVT), or the Alaska Native/Native American Pre-School Tuition Assistance.

Environmental Department

The Environmental Department was established through the Environmental Protection Agency  Indian General Assistance Program (EPA IGAP). Working as a conduit between local, state, and federal environmental agencies, it is the mission of the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska Environmental Office to develop governance mechanisms, and to strengthen, serve, and represent the Tribal Members' voices in matters related to the land, sea, natural, and cultural resources traditionally valued by the Unangan people.

Native American Lands Environmental Mitigation Program

In recognition of the need to address tribal concerns in DoD environmental  clean up  programs, Congress has, since 1993, provided funds annually to mitigate environmental impacts to Indian lands and Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA)-conveyed properties.  At the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska, site evaluations  and assessment processes are established in order to address and clean up debris that had been left behind by the military.

Tribe Cultural Programs

In revitalizing the shared customs, traditions, and language of the Unangan people, the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska hosts an annual culture camp for the youth in Unalaska, known as Camp Qungaayux. Students entering grades 4th-12th every summer gather at Humpy Cove to learn about the Aleut language, seal hunting,  weaving, bentwood hat making, traditional cooking, and much more! 

Bureau of Indian Affairs Roads Department

Through the Bureau of Indian Affairs Roads Department, construction contracts are funded for maintenance on various roads in Unalaska. Working with the Ounalashka Corporation and engineering firms, the Qawalangin Tribe BIA Roads Department has been able to work on its most recent project with the City of Unalaska - the Summers Bay Bridge. 

McLees Lake Fish Monitoring Program

Through the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the Peninsula Management Area Salmon Weir Counts are provided to the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska for data purposes.  On an annual basis,  AF&G reaches out to the Qawalangin Tribe with personnel who are trained and educated on carrying out duties of this fish counting operation, and educates the Tribe's office on the importance of monitoring the lake.  Through this monitoring program, the Tribe is provided daily reports and able to learn about  bio-hazards in McLees Lake, and is able to learn about potential effects to marine wildlife.

Aleutian Housing Authority (AHA)

As sovereign nations, tribes are the direct recipients of federal funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Each tribe designates an entity to administer its housing programs with these federal dollars.  Referred to as a Tribally Designated Entity, or TDHE, the Aleutian Housing Authority (AHA) is the  Tribal housing organization whose mission is to contribute to the building of healthy, stable communities throughout the Aleutian/Pribilof region by being the primary provider of quality, affordable housing, and housing related support services; expanding and improving community infrastructure; and being a major generator of opportunities for employment and economic development.  In past years, AHA has helped with local Alaskan Native Elder’s home rehabilitation which included upgraded ramp installments for wheelchairs and handicap accessible showers. Contact the Qawalangin Tribe' s  Office for eligibility requirements.

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