QAWALANGIN TRIBE

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New classes at this summer's Camp Qungaayux taught kids traditional Unangax̂ skills they haven't learned in previous years. 

Organized by the Qawalangin Tribe, the culture camp brought 68 kids to Unalaska's Humpy Cove for a weeklong celebration of Unangax̂ tradition. Now in its 22nd year, the July program had more kids and classes than ever before. 

"There are two new classes," said Shayla Shaishnikoff, the camp coordinator. "One of them is drum-making. Another one is ayaakux̂. It's dart-making and a dart game."

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After spending years on Standard Oil Hill, the Qawalangin Tribe has leased a new home in the valley.

The tribe moved into the former Unalaska Building Supply this spring. KUCB's Laura Kraegel stopped by for a tour.

"On the east side, outside of the building, you'll see the big sign that says 'Recycle Center,'" says Shayla Shaishnikoff of the tribe's environmental department.

Shaishnikoff is pointing out the new 24-hour drop-off for its recycling program.

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Thanks to a new direct flight, Unalaskans are bringing food and clothes to their northern neighbors on St. George Island, some 200 miles across the Bering Sea.

The community of 60 people has already received dozens of boxes filled with canned goods, winter clothing, and spare blankets.

"I can't thank the people enough in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor for caring about us," said Mayor Pat Pletnikoff of St. George. "It's pretty amazing."

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Unalaska's Camp Qungaayux celebrated its twentieth anniversary this year.

KUCB's Laura Kraegel has the story from Humpy Cove, where the Qawalangin Tribe is already looking ahead to the next 20 years.

It's a clear day at Humpy Cove, and dozens of kids are chattering along the shore. Their careful eyes are trained on the water.

"Bring those kids over here!" says Vince Tutiakoff Sr.

He calls for everyone to gather round as they finally glimpse the source of their excitement. It's a hunting party, returning with a seal.

Courtesy of the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska

This weekend, the Qawalangin Tribe is holding its annual election and membership meeting.

Competing for three seats on the tribal council are Helen Brown, Thomas Robinson, Edith “Marie” Schliebe, Alena Syverson, Laresa Syverson, and Pauline Tutiakoff. Vincent Tutiakoff Sr. is also running as a write-in candidate.

Those elected will serve three-year terms.

Tribal members can vote Saturday, Oct. 7 at the senior center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meeting will start after the polls close, followed by a potluck at 5 p.m.