Language and Education Services

Education, Employment, and Training (EET) Student Support Specialist, Lillian Young manages Higher Education Scholarships, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a General Education Degree (GED) program and career preparedness. The EET coordinates cultural education programs with the Sitka School District, SNEP, Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center, and at the Southeast Alaska Career Center building at 205 Baranof Street. STA EET has collaborative relationships with many educational entities in Sitka and Southeast Alaska, including the Sitka School District (SSD), Tlingit & Haida Head Start, Sealaska Heritage Institute, and others. Contact Student Support Specialist, Lillian Young by e-mail at, 907-752-0867; and Youth Program Manager, Hillary Nutting by email at:, 907-747-7107.

Legal Services

Tribal Attorney Diana Bob, advises and provides legal advice and services to STA staff regarding tribal programs, and to the Tribal Council in support of its participation in government-to-government relationships with the local, state, federal, and other tribal governments and other agencies. She provides support to the STA Tribal Court and supervises Tribal Court staff and the realty program.

The Tribal Attorney does not provide legal advice or services to Tribal Citizens but may be able to help them find an attorney.

The STA realty officer works closely with restricted property landowners within the Sheet'ka Kwaan. Services provided for restricted property landowners include realty transactions, probate, and estate planning, rights protection, and allotment applications. 

Tribal Court

Tribal Court primarily hears three types of cases: Tribal Youth Diversion Effort (TYDE), domestic violence, and children's guardianship and adoption cases. Any enrolled citizen, as well as any non-tribal citizen married to or in a relationship with a tribal citizen, is eligible to access tribal court services. Messages may be left for Chief Judge at Tribal Court, 

Realty Services

The STA Realty Officer works closely with restricted property landowners within the Sheet'ka Kwaan. Services for restricted property landowners include realty transactions, probate and estate planning, rights protection, and pursuing pending allotment applications. The Realty Officer may be reached at 747-7163.

Resource Protection Programs

The protection of subsistence resources is vital to the health and well-being of tribal citizens, and the Resource Protection Department (RPD) is STA's first line of defense in the long battle to maintain our traditional resources. The RPD provides continuing advocacy for maintaining tribal citizens' rights to harvest customary & traditional foods. For those who are unable to harvest for themselves, RPD Traditional Foods Program provides some of those foods.

Resource Protection staff includes:

Jeff Feldpausch, Resource Protection Director,, 747-7469

Kyle Rosendale, Biologist,, 747-3207

s Whitehead, Environmental Program Manager,, 747-3207

Elisabeth Boreman, Environmental Specialist,, 747-3207

Shannon Cellan, Environmental Lab Analyst, shannon.cellan@sitkatribe-nsn.gov747-7356

Nicole Filipek, Environmental Lab Technician,,

Jacob Kohlhoff, Environmental Education Coordinator,, 747-7241

Tammy Young, Cultural Resources Specialist,, 747-7167

Social Services

The Social and Family Services Director ensures the department provides services to our Tribal families. The department's current focus is on building a prevention program and facilitating healing from domestic violence and sexual assault as well as Indian Child Welfare Case management.

Social Services staff includes:

Melonie Boord, Social Services Director - 

Jade Nodes, General Assistance Caseworker,  747-7245

Doug Osborne, Child Advocacy Center Coordinator,, 747-7107   

Harper Glazer, Transitional Housing Manager - 747-7152

Krista Perala, ICWA Caseworker -, 747-7359

David Voluck, ICWA Attorney,, 747-7293

Jean Swanson, Tribal Family Caseworker -, 747-3968 

vacant, Intake Specialist -  747- 7293

Tribal Transportation

"the RIDE"

Catch the RIDE for work, shopping, or socializing! With our conveniently covered bus stops and our timely routes, there's no reason not to catch the RIDE. Transportation Director: Gerry Hope and Transportation Manager: John Hansen may both be reached at 747-7103. Contact John for the bus route, schedule, and fare information, and to purchase passes in various denominations.