About Us

Who we are

We are a Federally recognized Tribe in Hydaburg Alaska, established in April 1938. Our membership consists of Native peoples that live in Hydaburg, as well as Members living elsewhere. We have various services that benefit our native peoples which include, education, transportation, youth projects, environmental programs, and human services.

Our Accomplishments


By Doreen Witwer - Tribal Administator


HCA Accomplishments: 2005-2019

-Worked with entities in the community, The United Front, and produced an Economic Development Plan for Hydaburg for 2005-2015.  As all the goals and objectives have been reached in the plan, The group has worked on upgrading the Economic Development Plan for Hydaburg for the next 20 years. The new Community Economic Plan for 2016-2036 has been presented to all entities for their approval and has been approved.

-Paved Hydaburg streets and driveways in conjunction with the City. HCA is also responsible for city street maintenance.

-Upgraded infrastructure in town, including water and sewer lines. HCA also worked with the City and replaced the street lights with LED lights and helped to reduce the city electric bill.

-Cleaned up the town and removed old buildings, placed planters, made new street signs, and Welcome to Hydaburg signs(3) We work with the city and the school and have a community cleanup every spring and summer to clean around town, remove old cars, take large items to the dump for anyone who needs it, do electronic recycling and well as plastic recycling.

-Purchased land and maintenance shop from city, and have purchased another tract of land to build a new and larger maintenance shop. HCA received a grant from federal highways in the amount of $300,000.00 and will contribute the same amount to build the shop. The shop will house HCA equipment, transit buses and provide a large workplace for employees.

-Equipment area fenced for storage of equipment, and the Bulk Fuel facility. We have recently purchased a new fuel truck and are in process of getting it licensed and certified by the State. We also now sell propane fuel.

-Renovated the Totem Park with an ongoing Carving Project-Master carvers teaching apprentices and students. 21 totems have been replicated, and a Raven pole added.Thanks for Haida Corporation, Sealaska and the Forest Service who all worked with the tribe and provided trees. HCA also has an agreement with the forest Service for a section of land from which we can harvest trees for totems, carving projects, etc.


-Purchased a wood mill through XKKF  with a grant from the Rasmuson foundation and monetary donations from the City and HCA. The mill is now used to produce lumber for artists, the Long House, local community members who are building caskets, pieces of art, etc. HCA received an additional grant from the Rasmuson Foundation in the amount of $21,000.00 to purchase tools for the carving shed and art projects in the carving shed. 

-Built a new Carving Shed for community use. The City council approved the use of city land upon which the carving shed was built. The wood mill produced much of the wood used for the building and staff and Four Square church groups made the wood shingles. The carving shed is open for community use and for school children’s classes.

-Culture Camp in July every year for the past 23 years. We work throughout the year with the community and provide classes on Haida language, song and dance, Regalia making, weaving, beading, gathering and preserving of food, and many other cultural activities. We have many people returning home for Culture camp every summer. Attendance is higher every year. Last year we had about 500 people every day for the classes and on the final day, with the feast we have well over 1000 people from around the island and from all over the USA.

-Formed a CQE (Community Quota Entity) and have the ability to purchase IFQ’s for halibut and sablefish. Hydaburg Community Holding Corporation also holds 4 community charter halibut permits. We continue to seek funding to purchase IFQ’s.

-Formed XKKF, a non profit entity for promoting and preserving the Haida Culture and language. XKKF has received several small grants and has been holding Haida Language classes.

-Formed HCA Construction, a For Profit construction company. Our Roads Dept. has worked with Sealaska, Forest Service, Thlingit and Haida on many projects.

-Submitted and received approval for a legislative grant in the amount of $800,000.00  which provided funding for “The Haida Watchman” our new Search and Rescue vessel for the community. The cost of this vessel was $350,000.00 . We have worked closely with the Coast Guard, State Troopers and local police forces on search and rescue operations. The vessel has also been involved in many local search and rescue operations. Also funded was classes  for the EMS group 


and training for 2 community members who have received their licenses as Captains.  This grant also enabled us to clean the harbor of sunken boats and debris prior to the new harbor system being installed by the City. 

-Recently received approval to utilize $85,000.00 from the State legislative grant for the purchase of a warm storage building for the Search and Rescue vessel. This building has been constructed and now houses the Search and Rescue vessel. HCA also maintains and insures the ambulance and HCA staff is key in the operation of the ambulance and working to upgrade the EMS volunteer crew.

-Worked with the City of Hydaburg and received 28 lots for the purpose of building homes for tribal members. The NAHASDA grant for 2016 will begin the first building of a home for tribal member use. This home is currently being built and another will be started with funding from 2017 and 2018.

-Through our NAHASDA program, obtained 5 new homes, completed all aspects of placing them and provided homes to 5 families.

-Through the NAHASDA Program purchased the 12 plex apartment building from T&H and have filled all but 1 unit, so in total have housed 17 families.

-HCA has established a Transit system and for the past 5 years have successfully run the system with great reviews from tribal members. We received a grant to purchase a new bus, and have purchased another one through our Roads program, so  have 2 new buses in operation, and employ 2 transit drivers.

-HCA purchased Dot’s Blue building and has renovated for the tribes business ventures. A Mini mart and artist store is now in business, which employs 4 local community members.

-HCA upgraded and built a new bridge on the Saltery road. The road has been upgraded as in the Economic Development plan, Saltery Point is the future economic development site for the community. This project was developed in conjunction with Haida Corporation.

-With development in the HCA Roads program, we have run several road projects through Force account and trained several local tribal members who have gone on to work elsewhere. We have a line of equipment and operators/drivers that were 


trained in HCA’s Force account projects. We have worked with Alaska Power and Telephone, Sealaska, Forest Service and other entities on construction projects.

Through the Roads program, the crew build the rock wall around the waterfront to help prevent erosion to waterfront properties.

-HCA has received $600,000 for bridge planning on the Deer Bay Road, through our Roads program. The bridges are on Haida Corporation land and Sealaska land. When the planning is complete, we will be applying for funding to repair or replace 4 bridges on the Deer Bay Road. HCA worked with Sealaska to cut brush and ditch the Deer Bay Road to keep it useable. As the Deer Bay road is in HCA’s inventory, we also provide maintenance.

We have also applied for funding to repair the downtown dock and make it usable which will enhance the Seafood Specialty plant operations. This work will be accomplished through an agreement with the City of Hydaburg.We have begun ordering materials and work has begun on the dock and will be completed this year (2019). Funding has been received in the amount of 2.3 million, HCA will provide 1 million from roads money to complete the project.

-HCA has now completed the harbor project. The approach is built as well as a new boat grid and a boat launch and was funded through the HCA Roads program. 

-HCA has run an Elder food program,  as well as a program to feed the children of the community in an after school and summer program in 2016.  We give turkeys to every household for Thanksgiving. HCA participates in all youth activities in the community and provides assistance on every holiday event for the children in the community, as well as events for elders.

-Along with all our other programs that HCA administers, we also run a Food Distribution program which serves many community members, through an agreement with ANTHC and employ 1 person.

-HCA runs a Human Services program, Housing program, Roads Program, Environmental programs, such as IGAP, Stream mapping, Sustainable Food Program, a Hetta and Eek weir program, Marine Debris program, NAGPRA program, Brownsfield program, Education program, Transit program, Economic Development program which employees the Master Carvers and apprentices. In addition, the staff volunteers in many other activities, such as healthy activities for 


children, the elder dinners, gathering and preserving food for dinners and Culture Camp, volunteering at community events-such as funerals, memorials, school events, etc. 

-HCA has also  purchased the Community building on Cedar St. The plan is to use this as a training classroom, place for meetings, etc. We have upgraded the building to include a shower, repaired the bathroom and put laundry facilities in. We have been using the building as a housing unit for visiting groups.

The Community building now houses a Haida Community Library which was funded by a grant from IMLS in the amount of $148,108. We have hired Janessa Chinsana and the library is open from 3:00 to 6:00 daily. There are computers for community use also. The hours are after school and weekends to accommodate the children so that they have a place to go when school is out. Janessa moved away and the new librarian is Joseph Sanderson.

-With the United Front, which consists of the entities in Hydaburg, we have worked on the Totem project, the Carving Shed, the Long House Project. We have worked together to have a Wetland Mitigation Plan developed so any future projects for the community will have the beginning process in place, as many permits, etc. must be obtained prior to any construction. We are in the process of a Land Use Plan for the community.

-We have received funding from the Rasmuson Foundation to  build a  Traditional Haida Long House in the amount of $400,000. The non profit, North of Hope founded by Rod and Teresa Koop is contributing $240,000.00 of inkind labor via an agreement with HCA and the Rasmuson Foundation. North of Hope has also contributed labor, finances, personnel and equipment to the project.  Sealaska contributed $20,000  and HCA is contributing $160,000.00, The ANB Hall was demolished and the site designated as the location for the Long house. We have an architect who has drawn up plans and given us a material list. We have had 27  work groups from the Four Square church and groups from other churches who are affiliated with North of Hope  to work on the construction. Each member of the groups have paid for their own fares and food.  The Long House will be scheduled for  completion is July 2019.

In conjunction with this, we received a $75,000 grant from Alaska Mental Health to purchase materials for the long house.


-HCA also has many other projects happening with other programs which are run through the tribe. Our environmental program does stream mapping, counting sockeye at Hetta and Eek so we can protect our subsistence areas, clean ups, recycling, etc. We have worked with the Hydro project and conducted stream assessments. We are currently conducting a wolf study project. 

HCA has received 2 NAGPRA grants and the current grant was received in 2016. This grant will be for a 2 year period in the amount of $111,201.00. This grant will enable us to repatriate Haida artifacts from museums, etc. A repatriation plan has also been produced as well as clan information, Haida history.

-We have been working with the school district on grants for funding programs within the school. HCA has donated materials to the school so that the children can have Haida classes. We have the carving shed open for students and community members who are interested in producing their art. We have received a grant for house posts for the Long house and will employ a master carver, and apprentice and 3 youth apprentices. 

-We were involved in a Biomass study which provides information on wood burning systems, etc. The school district has received funding for a wood burning unit for their buildings and this will provide jobs for local people.

-We worked with Haida Corporation and now have an Energy study for the community.

-We successfully submitted a grant to EDA and have renovated the cold storage building to a Seafood Speciality Plant. It was be operational the summer of 2017. This plant will employ at least 8 local people. The plant was open for shrimp season and employed 16 people during that season. The plant will continue to operate every spring and summer.   HCA and the City of Hydaburg are partners in this project.

-HCA has successfully implemented an Enhanced Tribal Card program. We are the third in the United States to begin this program. The Haida Tribal Enhanced card is the same as a US passport and can be used for travel in the US as well as other countries.


-HCA runs numerous programs and we are proud to state that we have had clean audits for the past twelve years.

-At present, HCA employs 20 plus people. At various times during the year, we add 6/7 positions for various work projects, which totals 40 or more. In 2016 , the HCA Council hired a grant writer and Project Manager, Jon Wunrow and this position has brought in most of the grant funding we are now receiving.

We are working very hard on economic development activities for the community, such as the Specialty Seafood Plant (in conjunction with the City), Cultural Tourism with the Culture Camp which is held annually, our new Totem Park, the  Long House project,  Cultural Tourism and Eco tours, An Artists co-op , the Carving Shed, and the wood mill. 

HCA recently received an ANA Grant for a 2 year project in the amount of $300,000.00 for  the development of a Cultural Tourism plan for Hydaburg and an Artist Coop, including a website. We are in year 2 of this project. The Cultural Tourism Plan has been developed and adopted by the HCA council. 

HCA has received an ANA I Lead grant to work with students on leadership, Empowerment and Development,  This is a 3 year grant in the amount of $294,705 each year.

HCA  received a grant which will provide a 3 week Haida Summer Immersion Camp. The grant is for $50,000.00, and will greatly enhance our language preservation efforts.The last Immersion camp will occur this coming summer.

HCA receives a $7,000.00 grant every year from IMLS and will purchase Haida books which add the the inventory at  the Haida library in the Community building.

We have received a NABDI grant and meetings have been held. A feasibility study is being completed now that  will provide Preparedness  information for the community. HCA has already prepared a “Small Community Emergency Response Plan” for Hydaburg, and this will provide more infrastructure for any emergencies.

We have received a grant from NABDI in the amount of $32,140.00 for a feasibility study for a grocery coop and community garden, the study is complete and will enable HCA to use this information to apply for grants.


HCA received a $50,000.00 grant from SEARHC for a “Healthy is Here” funding for the community. The council has adopted a budget and within that budget is funding for wellness classes. We are advertising for instructors for the classes now. HCA has received an additional $25,000 and will use the funding for the same purposes.

An ICDBG grant in the amount of $600,000.00 has been received to construct a cafeteria/laundromat. A construction company has been hired and work has begun on the project.

A NABDI grant has been received in the amount of $30,000.00 for a feasibility study for the Cafeteria/Laundromat project. This is in process at present.

HCA has received a grant in the amount of $150,000.00 from the BIA for the establishment of a tribal court for the tribe. The HCA Council has hired the Whitener group to work with the council to begin the planning process with a strategic planning meeting to decide on priorities, the other processes will follow. The initial meeting will take place on June 6 & 7.

A NACTEP grant which the school submitted under HCA has been approved. The grant will run through HCA and coordinated with the school. It is called the Haida Reboot program and will focus on career and technical studies. The grant is a 3 year project in the amount of $429,645. The grant will hire a career counselor, produce a computer lab, upgrade the vocational shop, recruit CTE students. The grant will also develop relationships with higher education institutions such as the University of Alaska. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and members of the community who would like to learn a trade without having to leave Hydaburg.

A Rasmusson Grant has been received in the amount of $25,000 to help purchase equipment for HWAS.

A SEARHC grant was negotiated to share funds from SAMSHA with HCA to hire a Community Outreach worker who will work with Hydaburg on the alcohol/drug abuse in the community, set up educational opportunities, recruit people to assist with rehabilitation, etc. This grant is for $75,000 for a period of 2 years.

A Tribal Transit grant has been received in the amount of $188,000 to purchase a boat which will be used for HCA projects such as Hetta and Eek projects, accessing the gravesite, subsistence use, etc.

Several grants have been submitted or are in the process of being submitted which include an ICDBG grant in the amount of $600,000 to begin a full service grocery store in Hydaburg, a FEMA Disaster Mitigation application in the amount of $450,000 for wind and Tsunami route, a Seventh generation grant in the amount of $50,000 for establish and provide subsistence camps. Also, an NEA Artworks grant will be submitted for a Canoe carving project, a NAGPRA grant to repatriate artifacts, an AND SEDS grant to create a Economic Development Department for HCA, and 2 IMLS grants which is a basic grant for library books and supplies, and a second for the tribal library.

The basis for all that has been accomplished for the tribe and the community is a strong and supportive council. The HCA council has had longevity and remained steadfast in their mission to make Hydaburg a better place for its’ tribal members and all the residents of Hydaburg. The HCA staff has been very instrumental in all of these accomplishments also, The infrastructure has been strengthened and economic development is growing each year. Hydaburg is a place to be proud of and HCA as a federally recognized tribe is a leader in the State.

Our Team


Doreen Witwer - Tribal Administrator

Frances Natkong - Administrative Assistant

Christine Tolson - Tribal Bookkeeper

Jon Wunrow - Project Manager/Grant Writer

Environmental Department

Anthony Christianson - Environmental Planner

Jeffrey Bell - Environmental Tech

Joshua Peele - Community Catalyst

Jeffery Peele, Peter Adams, Lee Charles - Hetta Lake Weir Project

Tribal Transportation Department

Jodene Warren - Transportation Director

Roxanne Peele - Bookkeeper

Gordon Guthrie - Operator

Donald Natkong Jr. - Operator

Gene Natkong - Laborer

Anthony Peele - Transit Driver

Robert Bland - Transit Driver

Frank Natkong - Maintenance

Housing Department

Jess Dilts - Director

Cody Carle -  Laborer


Marvell Nix - Coordinator

ANA I-Lead Project / ANA SEDS Project


Dorinda Sanderson - Project Manager

Nevaeh Peele - Youth Co-Manager

Benjamin Young - Haida Language Coordinator

Stasha Sanderson - Project Mentor Coach

SEDS Project 

Marita Tolson - Project Manager

Sylvester Peele Jr - Carving Shed Manager


Janessa Chinsana - Librarian

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