Growth in funding, expansion of programs
November 21, 2011
Prior to the entertainment portion of the gathering, members were provided an overview of the 2012 proposed budget by Debbie Patton, General Manager of KIC and the Tribal Council Committee Chair reports on finance, health, education, housing, economic development, enrollment, and subsistence.
Following the reports, Norman Arriola, Tribal Council President, highlighted the most recent accomplishments of Ketchikan Indian Community in a keynote speech titled “Today”.
Arriola said, "This has been an exciting few years for KIC through growth in funding, expansion of programs, completion of the Elder Housing Units, opening of the Tribal House Drug Store and the Southern Southeast Alaska Technical Education Center, to name a few."
Ranking 6th among the largest employers of Ketchikan, Arriola said, "KIC employs an average of 175 jobs annually with a peak of over 200 during the summer season."
KIC has grown over the last few years by expanding its revenue sources to an operating budget that is over $31 million dollars said Arriola. He said this is up from $21 million in 2006.
Arriola said, "KIC has worked to support tribal hire, support tribal businesses and keep our money in our community." Annually KIC spends around $8 million in salaries and $13 million in local spending through businesses, organizations and service providers said Arriola. "This has a significant economic impact on the community of Ketchikan, through direct employment and as spending ripples through the local economy. We take pride in being this stable presence in our community during these difficult economic times for our nation," said Arriola.
Norman Arriola, Tribal Council Present and Verna Hudson Tribal Council Vice-President wait to deliver their speeches.
Some of the significant accomplishments for the Tribe in 2011 noted by Tribal Council President Arriola in his keynote speech are:
Dave Jensen, former Tribal Council President, presented a historical look at KIC’s accomplishments in his address to the membership called “Yesterday” while Verna Hudson, Tribal Council Vice-President, gave members a glimpse into the future of the organization.
Ketchikan Indian Community is a Tribal Organization formed in 1940 under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.
Ketchikan Indian Community provides health care services, education, housing and most recently vocational training at its newly completed Southern Southeast Alaska Technical Education Center on Stedman Street.
Gabe Daniels won the grand prize drawing of 40,000 Alaska Airline miles at the end of the meeting.
Edited by Mary Kauffman
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