The Tribe’s Department of Planning and Public Works provides direct services to tribal members and the general community. Our primary goal is to improve our community’s overall quality of life.   

Working in concert with our tribal membership, solutions are developed and implemented to address a variety of needs and opportunities. Some of the services that we provide include the tribe’s housing needs, our transportation network, current and long-range planning functions, the tribes realty program, economic development, grant writing, utility management, facility construction/maintenance, grounds maintenance, and housekeeping services.

What We Do

Public Works coordinates in concert with the Planning department to accomplish the goals and priorities of the Tribe and Tribal Council. This is done through a wide variety of services performed by a staff of up to 24 full-time employees and as many as 15 additional seasonal employees.

Project & Construction Management

The public works department, working together with the planning department, provides a wide variety of project and construction management services. This can range from contract administration; grant fund administration and reporting, construction management, and project permitting. We provide essential in-house services to tribal government and external services to community members including housing rehabilitation, facilities management, construction cost estimating, and general construction.

Recent Projects

New Wastewater Lagoon Facility (2015-16)

Construction of a lagoon treatment system East of the existing Tribal headquarters facility, on the property commonly referred to as the Mykine’s property. This land was acquired by the Tribe and put into trust in 2012-13. About a mile of sewer force main and two lift stations was constructed to convey the wastewater to the new facility when completed. The existing lagoons were decommissioned after project completion and will be used for other purposes.

Houses Gifted to the Tribe in the town of Cusick

Of the five properties recently gifted to the Tribe by the Holder family, two properties are presently being designed and bids for construction being received.  The focus is on high efficiency and environmentally sustainable tribal housing.  We are in the process of acquiring construction bids and construction should start soon.

Past Projects

Honeysuckle Housing Development (2010)

Construction of infrastructure (roads, power, water, and sewer) to construct tribal housing including the construction of seven homes.

Elder Center (2014-15)

New construction of an approximate 3500 Square Foot building for use by Tribal Elders. It consists of a wide variety of spaces including craft room, great room for events, commercial grade kitchen, work out facilities, and a prayer room. In addition, parking was constructed and water and sewer improvements to the Community Building, Language Center, and Grounds maintenance facilities were completed at the same time.