Neighbors Digest

Posted: Friday, January 07, 2005

CCTHITA sponsors anti-drug, alcohol poster contest

Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska's Tribal Wellness Program is sponsoring an anti-alcohol and drug use poster contest. All age groups are eligible to submit an entry for this anti-substance abuse campaign. All entries that are submitted should be original. The posters that are selected will be printed for distribution throughout Southeast Alaska by the Tribal Wellness Program.

Georgia Finau, deputy director of the Tribal Family and Youth Services Department and head of the Tribal Wellness Program, suggests that posters could show families working on regalia, dancing, singing and drumming, fishing, hunting or preparing food; families together supporting sobriety efforts; and children learning about alcohol and substance abuse.

A poster could be a picture of a tribal member with brief comments about their sobriety. For example, "I have been sober for ___ years." The poster could also be of Native art work with an anti-drug message beside or under it. For example, "Our culture ... Our Strength!" or "Sobriety - A gift to our children."

Finau said entries must be received by Jan. 14. Incentive awards are to be given to the first-, second- and third-place winners.

Official entry forms and sample release forms may be obtained from CCTHITA at the following address: CCTHITA, Attn: Tribal Wellness Program, 320 W. Willoughby Ave., Suite 300, Juneau, AK 99801. For more information in the Juneau-Douglas area, call 463-7396. If outside of the Juneau area, call (800) 344-1432, ext. 7396, or send an e-mail to or

Mayor Botelho declares day of remembrance

Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho declares Saturday, Jan. 8, as a day of remembrance for tsunami victims.

The city, local businesses and service groups are organizing a boroughwide day of remembrance and collection of funds for the victims of the tsunami in Southeast Asia.

This will be an opportunity to contribute funds to some well-established relief agencies with a history of work in the region. Collection tables will be set up at the Alaskan & Proud market, Safeway, Super Bear Supermarket, Nugget Mall, Valley Lumber and Rainbow Foods.

If interested in volunteering, e-mail the mayor at

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