Talea Massin (left) and Ruby McMurren (right) manage the Alaska Native Americans grant through the local tribe, WCA. (June Leffler/ KSTK)

Talk on the Rock is KSTK’s live call-in show. Every Tuesday at 1pm we welcome a local guest to discuss events and topics of interest to our little island town. For this week’s episode, host June Leffler spoke with Ruby McMurren and Talea Massin about the Administration of Native Americans program. The Wrangell Cooperative Association received a $200,000 ANA grant to come up with a five-year plan to curb outward migration in Wrangell. Ruby says that means providing more economic opportunity and affordable housing in town. The tribe has spent almost two years asking community members what opportunities they are looking for. Talea mentioned that high schoolers suggested bringing more IT training/jobs to town. She says even in Wrangell’s marine yard, workers can’t service all the computer equipment on boats.

Ruby and Talea are always looking for more input. The tribe is hosting a potluck Thursday, June 13th from 6PM to 8PM at the Nolan Center.