In Alaska, tribal membership refers to being a member of a federally recognized tribe. There 229 tribes in Alaska, 20 of which are in the Bering Strait region, including the Village of Solomon.
Proof of tribal membership is required for many services that might be available to those of Alaska Native heritage (Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts). Some examples are childcare assistance for working parents, to register at an Indian Health Service Clinic or educational grants or scholarships.
The Village of Solomon allows dual enrollment for minor children until the age of 18. After that, the child will have to choose which tribe to stay enroll relinquish with the other. When applying for membership at the Village of Solomon, proof of direct lineal descendant of a member of the tribe must be provided.
The Village of Solomon was not recognized until 1993 and organized under the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) of 1993. Today, there are approximately 150 tribally enrolled members of Solomon. It's primary focus is to implement programs and services for increased quality of life for all of its tribal members and family.
The VOS office continues to issue tribal identification cards. Tribal members are encouraged to stop by the office to get a picture taken for the new tribal membership card. This card can be used as a secondary form of identification. You can also email a picture to the Tribal Coordinator, your signature from your tribal enrollment application will be scanned and inserted onto the card once the office receives your picture. These enrollment cards are being issued to all tribal members starting at middle school age. Younger tribal members will receive a tribal enrollment verification letter as we have always issued in the past for tribal members.
Tribal Enrollment Essential
Beginning January 1, 2014, every American must demonstrate health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. This means if you do not already have coverage (e.g., Medicaid, Medicare, Denali KidCare or private insurance) you will be required to purchase health insurance or face a penalty when filing your taxes. The tax penalty could be as much as $695 per adult and $347.50 per child.
Alaska Native and American Indian people are exempt from the requirement to purchase insurance if they can show evidence of:
Enrollment in a federally recognized tribe,
Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) shareholder status
Even with this exemption, Alaska Native and American Indian people may choose to purchase insurance through the federal marketplace as early as October 2013 for plan coverage effective January 1, 2014. Some Alaskans will qualify for premium subsidies based on income. For instance, an individual earning up to $57,400 or a family of four earning up to $117,760 may receive financial assistance when purchasing insurance.
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