ADMINISTRATIVE CAPACITY

The DIA ratified its original IRA constitution and by-laws on November 24, 1941. The U.S. EPA has funded an Environmental Program through Indian General Assistance Program (IGAP) dollars to the DIA since 1997. The tribe has been investigating what environmental issues are impacting tribal lands and members, and addressing these issues since that time.

Currently DIA has 7 employees in the office and is building capacity and growing as a team. The staff include a Tribal administrator, Family Caseworker, Environmental/Transportation Director, Environmental Specialist, Transportation Technician, Administrative/Research Assistant and Tribal Accountant. DIA has 6 committees that meet at least 6 times a year. They include an EPA committee, Cultural/Education Committee, Transportation Committee, Finance Committee, Enrollment Committee and Housing Committee.

The DIA successfully manages 4 different federal programs, we work as professionals under the Indian General Assistance Program (IGAP), Brownfields Tribal Response Program (TRP), Tribal Transportation Program (TTP), and the BIA 638 programs, Aid to Tribal Government.

GOLDBELT EXPERIENCE: Director since 2014; Previously from 1997-2012
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Tribal Administrator, Douglas Indian Associations
EDUCATION: University of Washington; University of Alaska-Southeast
COMMITTEE: Nominations & Elections, Shareholder Workforce Development Taskforce, CEO Evaluation

Kamal Lindoff has managed the Environmental programs, IGAP and Brownfield since April of 2014 and has 8 years’ experience in managing the Tribal Transportation Program and managing road construction projects under the TTP and recently completed a NOAA Marine Debris Removal of lost crab pots in the Gastineau Channel.

Bernadine DeAsis was hired in October of 2014, she goes out into the field for technical work, and is an assistant with the IGAP and Brownfields programs, she has a degree in Geography/Environmental Studies and is well educated for work in this field. She was the assistant in completing the NOAA Marine Debris Project in 2016.

Haida and Tsimshian (Eagle/Frog)
Worked for her tribe Ketchikan Indian Community, Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Bureau of Indian Affairs Central Office, Washington, D.C., for over 30 years. Presently, the Administrative/Research Assistant for Douglas Indian Association. Working with the DIA Tribal Administrator to update the personnel procedural manual, DIA Constitution and By-laws, Assists with the Tribal Enrollment Database Progeny. Assists with the Bureau of Indian Affairs Programs with reports to funding agency.

Yunyeidi (Eagle/Wolf) of Taaku Kwaan
Enlisted into the United States Army as an Airborne Infantryman serving with The Long Range Surveillance Unit Charlie Company 2/38 Cavalry Division of 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade. Awarded the Bronze Star W/Valor for his actions. Attended UAS(University of Alaska Southeast) for Anthropology in South East Alaskan studies specifically for Tlingit culture. Started work with Douglas Indian Association in 2019 as Enrollment/Tribal Transportation Technician.

DIA hired a new Tribal Accountant in June of 2015, Cindy DeWitt. Cindy is a qualified accountant with years of experience in accounting and works professionally with our budgeting system under the QuickBooks program.

Tlingit/Filipino Tlingit name is Jin-koo-see’e Thunderbird clan, from the House Lowered from the Sun. Worked for Tlingit & Haida Central Council, Petersburg Indian Association, Tlingit & Haida Regional Housing Authority and Douglas Indian Association tribes off and on since 1976, which is about 43 years.

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