477 Department

Bethel Youth Yuraq at the 2018 Annual Meeting

Employment, Training and Related Services

General Assistance, Burial Assistance


We help our clients to identify and work through barriers to achieve self-sufficiency.

Mary Simon, 477 Director

Kristy Evans, Program Services Coordinator

Amy O’Brien, Program Services Coordinator

General Email: education@nativecouncil.org

If you were a recipient of higher education or AVT & received your diploma or certificate please email a copy to education@nativecouncil.org

Public Law 102-477 Department Services

  • Job Placement and Training- helps to identify and remove barriers to becoming self sufficient
  • Youth Employment Service (YES) – expose youth to the world of work
  • Education and Training: scholarships for college or vocational training- ONC Tribal Members are given priority in this services, as funds are limited
  • Child Care: at-home relative and non-relative child care, subsidized payments for child care center tuition
  • Economic Development- creation of jobs, including quality child care providers
  • Supported Work Services
  • Case Management
  • Johnson O’Malley- work with the local schools to encourage students to stay in school and to enrich the quality of their education
  • Other – Job Search, Counseling, Referral

477 Department Services Application

A three year plan that outlines the way that we provide these services can be found here: ONC’s Three Year Plan

Annual Reports to the Bureau of Indian Affairs can be found here.

More information on Public Law 102-477 can be found here.

BIA Financial Assistance and Social Service Programs: available for Alaska Native and American Indians who live in Bethel:

  • General Assistance– cash assistance for bills (except for phone bill), must apply on a monthly basis
  • Burial Assistance– deceased must have lived in Bethel for at least 6 months (special exceptions apply)
  • Emergency Assistance

ONC Burial Donation: Separate from the BIA Burial Assistance, for ONC Tribal Members only- must provide proof of ONC enrollment.

Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

  • Bill Pay (Electric, Heating Fuel, Firewood) – regular and crisis
  • Weatherization
  • available for all people who reside in Bethel, regardless of race

Information on filing a Grievance with the 477 Department can be found here.


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