Community Programs

Please click on one of the links below to find out more about SVT's Community Programs.

Environmental Protection

Seldovia Village Tribe’s Environmental Office opened in 2001 under a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Indian General Assistance Program (IGAP). It is the voice for Seldovia residents regarding the environmental issues that affect our community and the Kachemak Bay area. Our Environmental Office strives to keep our air, waters, land, and resources safe for many generations to come. We all deserve a healthy environment with clean water to drink and clean air to breath. We deserve clean healthy foods, whether they are from the smallest sea creature we eat to the largest land mammals we harvest. Our great grand parents had this and our great grand children deserve the same.

NEW: Assessment of Cook Inlet Subsistence Consumption Reveals Dramatically Higher Rates Than Used By Government Agencies
A one-year study conducted by Seldovia Village Tribe’s Environmental Department concludes that area Alaska Natives consume traditional foods from Cook Inlet at a much higher rate than estimated by government agencies.

Read the summary here.

Read the full report here.

Other Recent Environmental Projects

• Develop baseline environmental data for road dust levels, Jakolof Dumpsite, and surrounding streams.
• Work to move fish above the barrier falls on Seldovia River to enhance local fish populations with better rearing habitats.
• Capture sick or stranded wildlife and send them to ADF&G, USFWS or the Seward Sea Life Center for rehabilitation.
• Conduct contaminant studies and measure their effect on local resources.
• Develop educational programs for students of Susan B. English school to educate children about their local environment.
• Host an annual Culture Camp to teach environmental stewardship and cultural practices to all who attend.
• Administer the Green Star Program to make SVT a leader in environmental preservation.
• Work with the Environmental Protection Agency on our Network Node/Spatial Viewer to act as a repository for Water Quality Data and soon Air Quality Data.
• Introduction of an incentive based recycling program for the community through ALPAR along with plastic bag and e-waste collection to be sent out of Seldovia
• Develop a lending library that will serve as a repository for books and multi-media items relevant to the cultural history of the Seldovia area with the help of IMLS funding.
• Continue to develop our Seldovia Museum into a focal point for community members and visitors alike.
• Work with the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve to continue European Green Crab monitoring and clam research.
• Work with BIA to continue to do annual Tribal Marine Science Workshops.

These brochures are available for download:

The Intertidal Zone of Seldovia
The Indigenous Plants of Seldovia
Alaska Native People of Seldovia

The SVT Environmental Office is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information, e-mail Michael Opheim  or call him at (907) 435-3247.

Click here for the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council report. 


Check out these 2014 reports from the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve

Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring

European Green Crab Monitoring

Invasive Tunicate Monitoring


Network Node


Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program

Youth Activities
Seldovia Village Tribe’s Prevention Program promotes healthy lifestyles to the youth of our community. Working with volunteers from around Kachemak Bay, we offer:

  • Physical & Outdoor Activity: Swimming lessons, open swim time at the local pool, adventure hiking programs, summer camping and contemporary dance lessons.
  • Social Events: Teen nights, pizza parties and game nights.
  • Health Education: SVT works in conjunction with Susan B. English School to provide a health curriculum in elementary school classrooms. We also provide classroom materials, videos, guest speakers and consultations to secondary classrooms.
  • Once a year, SVT hosts a student health fair to promote youth health and healthy lifestyles.

For schedules and information on youth activities, visit the Calendar of Events page.

The Seldovia Village Tribe’s Chemical Dependency Counselors and Behavioral Health Clinicians provide comprehensive outpatient alcohol and drug treatment and services to clients of all ages.  Our highly trained and certified staff provides help to those seeking access other services such as: mental health, residential drug and alcohol treatment, women's services and medical referrals. The Seldovia Village Tribe also works with the State of Alaska Court System. SVT conducts the State required Alcohol Drug Information School Classes, for people needing to complete the class in order to reestablish their driving privileges.

Our Philosophy 

The Seldovia Village Tribe believes that chemical dependency is a treatable illness and that the primary objective for any treatment is a new and healthy lifestyle free of drugs and alcohol. SVT Counselors work to establish an empathetic and positive relationship with a client. They teach them to recognize their inner strengths and encourage the development use of these traits. We also provide culturally appropriate assessments and care plans for clients desiring to incorporate their native traditions in their healing process.

SVT also recognizes chemical dependency as a family problem, and offers support, education and outpatient treatment for entire families using a Family Systems treatment modality.

Fees for counseling services are calculated using a sliding fee scale, based on a client’s ability to pay. All services are strictly confidential.
Appointments can be made by calling (907) 234-7898




Seldovia Village Tribe Senior Meals

SVT's Senior Meals Program provides hot and healthy meals, transportation, exercise and homemaker services to Seldovia’s Elders. We also offer home-delivered meals to qualifying Elders with disabilities.

Our meal programs are open to all Native Seldovia Seniors over 50 and their guests. We suggest a $4.00 donation for Elders. For guests wishing to join SVT Senior Meals, (who haven’t yet reached the young age of 50 or are non-Native) and are invited by an Elder, the cost per meal is $12.

Please call at least 24 hrs ahead to 435-3270 and let us know you and your guests will be there.

Check some of the fantastic meals we prepared for our community and how you can cook it at home with the help of Sharon Bond, Senior Meals and Special Events Cook! 

Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice:

For the recipe, click here!

Zoodle Shrimp Scampi:

Want the recipe? Click here!


Seldovia Village Tribe’s Housing Office provides housing assistance and advocacy to tribal and community members. Our Housing office provides:

  • Information on homeownership programs for low-income Alaska Native/American Indian families residing in SVT’s jurisdiction.
  • Assistance with home loan applications.
  • Rental assistance (including first month’s rent and/or security deposit to permit a family or college student to move into an apartment or home).
  • One time emergency assistance for families who are in danger of becoming homeless due to foreclosure, eviction and loss of main utilities.
  • Safe and decent homes for families living in substandard housing through modernization/rehabilitation/weatherization.

Applications for housing assistance are available at the Tribal Housing office. SVT’s Housing Office is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information call (907) 234-7898 ext 235.

Community Health

SVT's Community Health Representative (CHR) works with the senior citizens of Seldovia to provide health outreach services.

Our CHR conducts home visits for elders to ensure their wellbeing. We also provide elders with transportation to the local post office and grocery store and assist with applications for medicaid, foodstamps and energy assistance.

Debbie Cameron has served as the Tribe’s Community Health Representative since 1989. She is an EMTIII and serves as a medical assistant at the Seldovia SVT Health & Wellness clinic.

Debbie can be contacted at (907) 435-3255 or by email at Debbie Cameron.

Food Distribution Program

The SVT Food Distribution Program is available to all residents of Seldovia who qualify based on income. We provide groceries and essential items to program members, to get them through the month without going hungry.

Click on the image below to view the program brochure.

Click here for a program application.

Debbie Cameron, Community Health Representative and Food Distribution Coordinator, can be reached by telephone at (907) 435-3255 or by e-mail.

SVT Visitors' Center

In 2009, unveiled a new permanent exhibit at depicting the culture and history of the Dena'ina, Aleut and Sugpiaq peoples who have inhabited the Seldovia area for millennia.

The exhibit tells of the origins, lifeways and the traditional and contemporary subsistence activities of the Native tribes that called is area home. It also speaks of the later Russian influence and how that shaped Seldovia as we know it today. Specimens of local flora and fauna from the area are displayed to give visitors from afar a glimpse at Seldovia's natural abundance.

The SVT exhibit is located at the SVT Visitors Center at 206 Main Street, Seldovia. It is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Please click here for more information.

Exercise Room

The SVT Exercise Room is located inside the Seldovia Conference Center and enjoys a near-panoramic view of Seldovia Bay. It is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 9:30am and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:00 to 3:00pm.

The gym is equipped with treadmills, elliptical trainers, Pilates machines, weights and more. It is open to everyone at a cost of $1.00 per visit. Senior rate is $20.00 per 25 sessions. 

Barabara Heights Fire Department

Seldovia Village Tribe operates the Barabara Heights Volunteer Fire Department (SVT BH VFD) in Seldovia Village. The Department is a volunteer first response fire department stationed at mile four in the Barabara Heights Subdivision.

Established in 2004 as a State of Alaska Project Code Red rural fire department, the department has 10 dedicated volunteers who work to provide fire fighting services as well as community CPR/First Aid classes.

The department works closely with the City of Seldovia’s EMS training department to ensure volunteers kept are up-to-date on their EMS training.

Every man or woman 18 years or older can volunteer. Youth aged 16 and 17 can volunteer with a training sponsor.

Injury Prevention Program

Seldovia Village Tribe’s Injury Prevention Program is a collaborative effort with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s Wellness and Prevention Division. The program provides low cost ice cleats, float coats and chimney brush loans to residents of Seldovia to prevent costly accidents and injuries.

Ch'anik'na House

Ch'anik'na House provides daytime activities for children up to seven years of age. This service is offered to both Tribal and community members for a monthly charge of $20. Its hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m, with hikes on Fridays starting at 10:30am.

Veterans Services Support

Seldovia Village Tribe collaborates with the Veteran’s Administration to support our veterans. SVT Health & Wellness provides local medical services with a billing system that eliminates pre-approval procedures, enabling faster, more efficient service for our veterans.

Seldovia Village Tribe also sponsors a variety of community activities and support groups for veterans.