The fire crew was the first fire crew established in Alaska outside government agency oversight. In future years the team upgraded to “Hot Shots,” a term that refers to highly skilled fire crews.
Showcasing tribal members’ talents
Photo includes from left to right: Martha Jackson, Emma Bell, Elizabeth Pete sing at the 10th Annual Meeting. Early Annual Meeting celebrations often showcased tribal members’ talents.
Traditional Chief Ben Neeley
Traditional Chief Ben Neeley would interpret English to Ahtna for Elders during Annual Meeting in the early years of the organization. As an advocate and leader he held many positions. Seen here, Ben Neeley with Senator Lisa Murkowski in 2008.
Copper River Native Dancers
Copper River Native Dancers practice traditional songs and dances through the Johnson O’Malley Program. A program designed to pass on traditional language, dance, song, and handicrafts, including the making of regalia.
CRNA’s First Logo
The newly created CRNA logo represents the service area of the organization.
Katherine McConkey begins her career of CRNA service as an administrative assistant in the late 70’s.
First Annual Meeting
The motto posted on the wall behind Robert Marshall begins: Coming Together is a Beginning
Formally incorporated non-profit
Copper River Native Association was formally incorporated as a non-profit organization, one year following the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA).
Community Health Aide Program established
IHS authorized the Alaska Native Health Board to provide the Alaska Area Native Health Service with input for its programs.