Maniilaq Association’s Public Law 102-477 programs provide employment and training assistance to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native residents of the Northwest Arctic Borough. Maniilaq Association Workforce Development Department operates the programs through resolutions from these 11 tribes: Ambler, Buckland, Deering, Kiana, Kivalina, Kobuk, Kotzebue, Noatak, Noorvik, Selawik, and Shungnak. Currently, Maniilaq provides services in a fragmented manner. The purpose of the integrated plan is to provide services in a stream-lined and effective manner.

The contracted programs providing employment and training, and related services are:

  • Department of Labor – Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA)
  • Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Job Placement and Training (JTPA)
  • Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Higher Education (HE)
  • Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Adult Basic Education (ABE)
  • Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Welfare/General Assistance- (GA)
  • Department of Health and Human Services – Child Care Development (CCDF)
  • Department of Health and Human Services – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)


Financial Assistance up to $1,500 provided to students with airfare, tuition and fees, lodging and meals. Funding is provided to tribal members within the Maniilaq Service Area for vocational training.


Financial Assistance up to $2,000 per training session. Assistance is provided to students with airfare, tuition and fees, lodging and meals. Funding is provided to tribal members in Ambler, Shungnak, Deering, Kivalina, Noorvik and Kobuk.


Financial Assistance up to $1,200 per semester. Assistance is provided to students with tuition and fees. Funding is provided to tribal members in Ambler, Shungnak, Deering, Kivalina, Noorvik and Kobuk.


Funding up to $1,250 per semester, per funding availability. Assistance is provided to students with tuition and fees. Funding is provided to tribal members within the Maniilaq Service Area.


Funding up to $5,000 per semester or $3,333 per quarter to be paid directly to the university for tuition and fees. Assistance is provided to full-time students who are considered juniors or higher in a nationally accredited university. Only tribal members residing in the Maniilaq Service Area are eligible for assistance.


The Tribal TANF program provides monthly financial assistance for needy families with children to help them with basic needs while they work toward becoming self-sufficient. The four purposes of the Tribal TANF program are to:

  • Provide assistance to needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes
  • Reduce the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work and marriage
  • Prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies
  • Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families


Financial assistance provided to eligible tribal members in Ambler, Shungnak, Deering, Kivalina, Noorvik and Kobuk. Tribal members from other tribes may receive assistance with certain restrictions. Applicants must not currently be receiving financial assistance from TANF, SSI or Adult Public Assistance programs.

Emergency Assistance: Financial assistance provided to tribal members when personal possessions are damaged or lost by burnout, flooding of homes or other life threatening situations.

Burial Assistance: Payment made on behalf of a tribal member for burial expenses. Assistance is available only in absence of other resources. Determination of need will be accomplished on a case-by-case basis using the BIA payment standard of $2,500.


Provides assistance with pre-employment needs such as work clothes, tools, utilities, deposit and first month’s rent, groceries and basic household needs. Assistance is provided to Tribal members in Ambler, Shungnak, Deering, Kivalina, Noorvik and Kobuk who are new employees that have received an offer of employment and haven’t received their first paycheck. Tribal members from other tribes may receive assistance with certain restrictions. If you live in Kotzebue, you will have to apply for Direct Employment assistance from the Kotzebue IRA.


Financial Assistance to pay for childcare for tribal members within the Maniilaq Service Area. This assistance will help low-income families in obtaining child care so that the parents/guardians can work or attend school. All childcare providers/caretakers must pass a background check before assistance will be provided.


Child advocacy center

The Maniilaq Association Child Advocacy Center (ACAC) is a child-friendly, culturally relevant environment where caring professionals work together in one location to help children and families cope with sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, and exposure to violence.

Referrals are made to the ACAC from the Kotzebue Police Department, Alaska State Troopers, and Office of Children Services. The referring system will then contact the center to make appointments for forensic interviewing and medical examinations.

To eliminate multiple interviews of a child, the ACAC offers one location for forensic interviews to take place with specially trained interviewers.

The Maniilaq Health Center Sexual Assault Response Team provides forensic medical examinations at the ACAC. The exam room is child-friendly and confidential. A child will NEVER be forced to undergo a medical exam or interview against their will.

Family services

Maniilaq Family Services works with families on prevention, permanence, safety, and well-being for Alaska Native children and their families living in Tribal communities of the Northwest Arctic Borough. Family Services works collaboratively with all agencies involved in child welfare to promote a more positive working relationship between the State and Tribal governments to increase ICWA compliance. Family Services provides safety plan monitoring, family casework, and foster home recruitment and retention. We also work to educate the people of our region about child welfare issues in an effort to prevent children from being removed from their homes.

Maniilaq Foster Care Specialists work with potential foster parents to become licensed through the State of Alaska. Foster Care Specialists travel to surrounding villages in the Northwest Arctic Borough to recruit and work with licensed homes to keep them in compliance with State Licensing regulations, including background checks, fingerprinting, training, and home inspections. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent or would like additional information, please contact Tracy Haviland at 907-442-7880, toll-free 1-800-478-9771 ext. 7880, or by fax at 907-442-7885.

Family crisis center

Crisis Intervention: Toll Free line: 1-888-478-3969 or 907-442-3969
Office Line: 907-442-3724

Services Provided:

  • Emergency Shelter
  • Advocacy- Supporting and assisting victims/survivors to defend and promote their rights, express their views and concerns, access information and services, and have their voice heard on issues that are important to them.
  • Legal Advocacy- Assisting in court cases, protective orders, and supporting victims/survivors to face their perpetrator.
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
  • Support Groups
  • Emergency Transportation
  • Prevention & Awareness Education
  • Outreach Resources
  • Information & Referrals


Realty services

Realty Services Program provides management assistance to restricted native allotment and restricted town site lots owners and their heirs.
Some of these services include:

  • Property Sales
  • Gift Deeding
  • Leasing and Permitting
  • Title Recovery
  • Mortgages
  • BLM Adjudication Information
  • Removal of Restrictions
  • Resolving Trespass Settlements
  • Granting of Right-of-way
  • Gravel Permit/Lease

If you have a restricted townsite or native allotment or inherited interest in either, you cannot be taxed for your restricted property and must have approval by the BIA if you are planning to sell, gift, deed, lease, or remove the restrictions on your property. In certain circumstances, allottees do not need to pay taxes on income generated from their restricted property.

PHONE (907) 442-7620
TOLL FREE: 1-800-478-3312.
P.O. BOX 256

Probates & estate services

The Probates & Estate Services Program was created for tribal members to understand the importance of preparing a last will and testament and to understand the probate process and inheritance.



Traditional foods/hunter support

The Hunter Support/Traditional Foods program provides supplemental fish and game to elders aged sixty and over . Through the Hunter Support agreement, the program also provides support funds for tribal governments to enable local volunteers to purchase ammunition, gas, and oil to hunt for village elders who are no longer able to harvest traditional foods on their own.
The Siġluaq (Inupiat for underground cold storage cache or ice cellar) is operated by Maniilaq’s Traditional Foods Program and serves as a traditional foods donation center for Utuqqanaat Inaat Elders and community events. The grand opening took place on July 7, 2015.

Natural Resources Advocacy

Natural Resources Advocacy/ Provides technical assistance to tribes and advocates for subsistence preferences as prescribed in ANILCA and other laws. Provides traditional ecological knowledge to local, regional, state, federal, and international organizations to protect the natural resources.

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Tribal Doctors

The Tribal Doctor Program was established in 1975 and was developed by one of Alaska’s most widely respected Tribal Doctors, Della Keats. Today, the Tribal Doctors strive to meet the example set by Tribal Doctor Della Keats.

The purpose of the Tribal Doctor Program is to provide people with health services emphasizing the awareness, prevention and knowledge in the areas of nutrition, physical health and traditional health care. The program seeks to improve the understanding and acceptance of holistic health services to the people living in the Maniilaq service area using traditional medicine and healing techniques. Additionally, the program will provide continuity in the provisions of health care between modern western medicine and the traditional way of life, which will result in attainment of an optimal level of health.

Tribal Doctors coordinate their services and information with licensed doctors at the Maniilaq Health Center as well as with the Community Health Aides and Practitioners in each of the 11 NANA regional villages, including Point Hope.

Tribal Doctor Services include:

  • Manipulation and massage of the abdomen, liver, intestines, stomach and womb
  • Manipulation and massage of the muscular, circulatory and skeletal systems
  • Correction of dislocations and sprains
  • Maternal care and counseling
  • Advice and application of traditional herbal and other natural remedies
  • Counseling on healthy living practices

Maniilaq Association’s Tribal Doctor Program has been receiving increasing recognition from the villages and people throughout the State of Alaska in recent years.
Currently the Tribal Doctor Program has two (2) Tribal Doctors: Cheryl Richards and Susanna Norton, who is the Program Manager. You can reach the Tribal Doctors at 442-7905 or 442-7874. The Tribal Doctor office is located at the Ferguson Building, and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.