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Burial Assistance Application

The Alutiiq Tribe of Old Harbor Burial Assistance program is funded by the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. This program will support families with financial hardships associated with funeral costs, such as funeral assistance associated with travel, funeral home services and direct assistance. If you and your family have due to the pandemic, our team is here to help and support you.

Online Application is live, please locate Burial Assistance under the new tab. Covid Program & Services

Alutiiq Tribe of Old Harbor

Old Harbor is an Alutiiq village on the southeast side of Kodiak Island, Alaska. Old Harbor holds a rich culture with spiritual ties to the land, bonds of kinship and belief, respect for Elders and community and the shared practices of a subsistence lifestyle.

The Alutiiq Tribe of Old Harbor was established in 1968 with a base roll of 333. The Tribe was then officially federal recognized in 1972. The base roll has grown 650 members. The Alutiiq Tribe of Old Harbor is known for practicing our traditional Alutiiq culture and subsistence lifestyle. We are a community that relies on natural resources of our surrounding sea and land environment for our livelihood.

Today, the community of Old Harbor has a modern airstrip, a harbor for its fishing fleet and the modern amenities of water, sewer, electricity, internet and satellite Services, and is continuing to grow each year.

ATOH COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies

April 15, 2020


Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. It is said to be spread through tiny saliva droplets released from sneezing, coughing, loud laughter, singing and heavy exhausted breathing (after running or heavy exercise). These droplets travel through the air. Breathing or ingesting these droplets is the primary infectious path. The virus is said to live on packages for a certain amount of time, but needs a living host to survive. Human or Animal

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness or death. This virus is highly contagious and can infect anyone or any age.

Ways you can get infected:

o Person to Person

o Pet to Person

o Surfaces with the COVID-19 microorganisms


o To slow the transmission of this highly contagious virus and protect high risk health categories

o Identify precautionary measures to slow the transmission of the virus

o Identify Essential Services

Person to Person Transmission

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads.

Sneezing and coughing sends microorganisms into the air 6 feet and farther.

How to protect yourself and others:

o Social Distancing: STAY 6 feet or more apart from others

o Wash hands frequently using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds

o Do NOT touch your face, eyes, mouth, nose

o IF YOU CANT wash your hands, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer rubbing consistently for 30 seconds or longer

o Sneeze or cough into your elbow

o Wear a face covering or mask. This is to keep your germs from spreading, this does not guarantee full protection against microorganisms in the air

o Wear gloves if you are working outside the house or picking up packages or freight

o STAY HOME if you are sick

Pets can carry the microorganism

How to protect yourself and others:

o Clean your pets feet and face after they have been outside

o Encourage others to NOT pet or love on your dog

o Keep your pet close to home and not allow them to roam

The virus can live on surfaces: table, counter, door knobs, phones, computers, light switches, boxes, packages, pens. Anything you touch can hold the virus.

How to protect yourself and others:

o Clean all surfaces in your home, office and vehicle frequently with warm soapy water, and sanitize with an antibacterial solution: bleach, Lysol or an alcohol based cleaner.

o Leave boxes outside to allow time to kill microorganisms, or wipe down boxes with a sanitizing solution or cleaning wipe.

o REMEMBER: If you can touch it, clean it.

Signs and Symptoms

o Fever

o Coughing

o Difficulty breathing

o Flu like symptoms


o ATOH employees are mandated to report any of the above to the Tribal Administrator Immediately.

o ATOH employees who have spouses that are confirmed COVID-19 in the same household must self-isolate for 14 days.

o for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments.

Please follow all Local, State and Federal Mandates.

Work from home if possible

STAY 6 feet or more apart from others


Teach children the importance of social distancing

Face mask or covering required in ALL public places

NO Unnecessary travel

Self-quarantine for 14 days when returning to Old Harbor either by plane or boat

Minimize your visits to the stores, post office, Tribal Offices, City Offices etc.

NO CHILDREN in public places

Please observe privately owned business mandates

NO public or large gatherings




Administrative Services:

o Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm

o Office Door will be closed to community members to protect tribal staff and limit the spread of COVID-19.

o Tribal Administrator will make sure safety measures are enforced to protect staff and community members.

o Appointments for public assistance services can be made by calling (907)286-2215, if answering machine picks up please leave us a detailed message so we can reach you.

Garbage Pick Up:

o Service will be provided: Tuesday & Friday

o PPE REQUIRED: Gloves and Masks.

o Staff will be coordinating with KANA Clinic on safety procedures and proper disposal methods when collecting from COVID-19 patients home.


o Staff will be working from home and prepping materials upstairs at the community hall.

o PPE Required: Gloves and Masks are to be worn around staff/community members when delivering activities for events.


o Case worker will be working from home.

o All cases and workload will be informed to Council Oversight during work days.


o Teachers will continue to make preschool packets for students on Tuesdays and Thursdays to be dropped off.

o Teachers are required to clean up their workspace and wear gloves and masks when prepping and delivering packets for their students.

Office Etiquette For Employees:

o Staff must keep six feet apart at all times and must wear mask and gloves.

o Staffs are required to clean up work space after each shift for next staff.

Office Etiquette for visitors in need of services:

o Office schedules visitors must wear a mask and glove. Must practice safe distancing up to six feet.

o Visitor failing to comply with safety protocols will be asked to leave.

Nuniaq Market:

o Store Hours of Operation: 12:00pm – 5:30pm Monday – Friday 10:00am-2:30pm Saturday-Sunday

o Staffs are required to wear gloves and masks and clean up after each scheduled shift.


o Staffs are required to wear gloves and masks prior to receiving, handling and distribution of goods.

The ATOH Mitigation Plan is adopted and overrides any and all previous office and service procedures while we are under this critical health mandate. Employees observed not following policy and procedures will face possible dismissal. The above will be reviewed as the level of crisis increases or Local, Federal and State Mandates change.

Our tribe provides job opportunities to community members of native preference and experience.

Our tribe works with partnering agency to provide events for our community members.