Office of Culture and Heritage

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The Hoonah Indian Association Culture and Heritage Department was established to designed to protect, perpetuate, enhance, and promote Tlingit traditional cultural values, cultural and subsistence resources. Culture and Heritage Programs and projects are developed to meet the social, spiritual, and cultural needs of the Tribe and Tribal citizens.   

and includes language instruction, Tribal ceremonies, Culture Camp for Tribal youth and gathering excursions for all Tribal members. The site protection program component provides protection to ancestral and sacred sites and landscapes in cooperation with federal, state and local land management agencies, private developers and landowners. The Culture and Heritage Department is assisting in designing a Tribal Museum and Interpretive Center that will one day ensure that the richness of Tribal culture will sustain Tribal identity for all future generations. 

The Cultural Resources program repatriate objects of cultural patrimony, sacred objects, funerary objects, and human remains in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) of 1990 and the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Act of 1989.  

Services include submitting claims to museums for the return of cultural objects, assisting tribes and individuals in identifying cultural objects, family trees, memorial parties, and clan identification.  <Links to Cultural & Heritage success stories> 

  • Xunaa Shuka Hit 

  • National Park Service (NPS) <multiple> 

  • Tribal Conference and Clan Workshop 

  • Smithsonian Institute Repatriation 

  • Smithsonian Institute 3D Replication Initiative 

  • University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archeology (UPenn) Repatriation 

  • Chookanheeni (Berg Bay) Native Allotment Purchase 



Culture & Heritage Department 

Local: 907.945.3545 | Fax: 907.945.3703 | email: <TBD>