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APIA’s mission is rooted in the strong connection we have to our cultural heritage. We are truly guided by the spirit and strength of our ancestry. It is the essence we portray through daily activity with Spirit – inspiring and sincere, approachable yet rooted in the spirit of the Unangax culture, and Strength – a positive force in our region and beyond, promoting health, economic prosperity and preserving our culture.


Our mission reaches far beyond the geographic area of the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands. Our programs have a cascading effect on the State as a whole. We strive not only to improve the quality of life for the Unangax people, but for ALL Alaskans.


Fundraising proceeds support invaluable Unangax cultural preservation by making elder and youth connections, underwriting programming like Culture Camp, integrating cultural components into agency-wide programs, and providing stable revenue in a time of federal, state and grant uncertainty. Your support ensures APIA is able to continue its work on behalf of the Unangax people and for ALL Alaskans.


What will your contribution support?


            In addition to grant driven programs many of APIA’s activities reach far beyond the scope of those supported by annual grants.  We rely on donations to support these programs.  We are grateful for your past and future support.


            Did you know?


Cultural Heritage Programs: 

  • It costs about $60,000 to hold the annual Urban Unangax Culture Camp, which serves over 225 members of our community.
  • The average cost per participant in the Urban Unangax Culture Camp is $500.
  • It costs over $2,500 to support the travel costs for an individual to participate in APIA’s Regional Summer Language Intensive or an Unangam Tunuu (Aleut Language) Download camp.


ICWA Program:

  • APIA’s Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) program staff manage more than 100 cases each year. Follow this link to learn more about ICWA.
  • Most of these children are in the foster care system.  They have needs that the system is not always able to meet. They need items such as clothing, winter gear, school supplies, and bedroom furniture.
  • To show these children we care about them, APIA sends Christmas gifts to ICWA children who are in foster care.
  • Your contribution can help buy a $25 Christmas gift or much needed items for our kids in foster care.


Elder’s Program:

  • It cost $400 to hold each monthly Elder’s potluck.
  • $150 to hold each Elder’s Tea.


Energy Assistance:

  • Heating fuel in the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands region can cost up to $8.00 per gallon.
  • Electricity costs as much as $1.00 per kilowatt.
  • The State Energy Assistance program has been eliminated and the Federal program reduced drastically.


Emergency Assistance:

  • When families are displaced by fire or some other disaster, or are affected by other life events, they look to APIA for help.
  • It costs thousands of dollars to get back on their feet.
  • It costs an average of $1,500 to transport a casket by air. If a family member passes away while hospitalized for illness or away from the village, they are responsible for the cost to transport the remains.
  • It costs an average of $2,000 to bring a family member in to support an Elder or other family member hospitalized in Anchorage due to a terminal illness.



Angunasix qaĝaalakux̂txin!   ~   Qaĝaasachxuzakuq!

Thank you very much for supporting our programs!