Nonprofit Spotlight: Cook Inlet Tribal Council

The fifth in a series highlighting the CIRI family of nonprofits

Offering a broad spectrum of services, Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) helps Alaska Native and American Indian (AN/AI) people reach their full potential through education and employment services, family preservation and substance-abuse counseling. Established in 1983, CITC has become one of the nation’s preeminent culturally responsive social-service organizations, serving nearly 12,000 people annually and employing more than 400 individuals. In 2017, CITC was named one of Alaska’s best places to work by Alaska Business Magazine.

CITC’s programs include:

  • Child and Family Support Services: Helping families recover from and/or prevent abuse, neglect and domestic violence through case management, teaching and mentoring services, and by establishing connections with related services and resources within the community.
  • Educational Services: Educational programs that enrich academics, cultural values, traditional knowledge, family involvement and positive youth development.
  • Employment and Training Services: Providing strengths-based, welfare-to-work case management, supported work experience, childcare financial assistance, vocational rehabilitation, employment placement referral, career and job counseling, employee recruitment and a one-stop Career Development Center.
  • Recovery and Reentry Services: Assessments, residential and outpatient treatment, individual and group counseling, alumni and peer support networks and prevention aimed at assisting individuals in accessing and increasing support to maintain sobriety.

In 2016, another CIRI-affiliated nonprofit, the Alaska Native Justice Center (ANJC), became a subsidiary of CITC. The partnership more closely aligns ANJC’s services with CITC’s and provides ANJC additional administrative and funding support.

Subsequently, in 2018, the Clare Swan Early Learning Center became a CITC subsidiary. The move streamlined the management of the center and allowed staff to offer additional classrooms to accommodate the demands of working families.

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