In what is now a growing trend among leading Alaska Native corporations and health entities, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) has imposed a COVID vaccine mandate on all of its 3,000-plus employees.

The mandate is the latest in a string of Alaska-based entities that have threatened employees with termination if they refuse the experimental COVID injection. In May, the tribally owned Norton Sound Health Corporation put 700 employees on notice that they are required to submit to a COVID shot as a condition of employment. Similarly, employees of the Bering Straits Native Corporation, including those who work for its many subsidiary companies across Alaska, must get a COVID injection by Aug. 1.

Announced on July 8, the ANTHC order states that employees must be “fully vaccinated” by Oct. 15.

The ANTHC is a non-profit tribal health organization that serves Alaska Native and American Indian people living in Alaska. The consortium co-manages the Alaska Native Medical Center with Southcentral Foundation and it includes 36 specialty clinics around the state. It is the largest, most comprehensive tribal health organization in the United States, and Alaska’s second-largest health employer with more than 3,000 employees.

In announcing the new mandate, ANTHC President Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson said her organization is “proud to join other organizations in service of our people, as we find ways to safely return to more normal operations.”

While a growing number of businesses are now coercing employees into taking COVID injections, they could be on questionable legal grounds since all COVID vaccines remain unapproved by the FDA and are only permitted under Emergency Use Authorization. EUA products are by definition experimental and therefore people have a right to decline them, according to federal law. Lawsuits are already underway challenging mandatory vaccines for COVID.

Last month a federal district court in Texas dismissed a case by 117 hospital employees that challenged a hospital’s mandatory COVID vaccination policy. It represents the first court opinion which upheld an employer’s ability to mandate the COVID shot for employees. The decision stands in apparent contradiction with existing federal law, and is being appealed to the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


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Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium orders 3,000 employees to get COVID jab

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Shifra says:

    I’m not sure why you say that no court has ever upheld a mandate for the vaccine. This happened last month. Hopefully
    other judges will rule otherwise. But the real problem is that citizens are depending on one branch of government to save
    them from other branches of government or the woke corporations. Once a totalitarian power is in place, as it is in the U.S.,
    this is futile.

    • Davidson Joel says:

      Thanks for pointing out this latest decision. I was not aware of it. It will be interesting to follow the appeal in the Fifth Circuit. It’s likely that this is headed to the Supreme Court. We’ve updated and corrected the story to include this court case.

      • Steve D says:

        Steve D July 12, 2021 At 11:52 am
        I thought the Berring Straight Native corporation backed off of their mandate? I know people who work for them and that’s what they said.

    • NAV says:

      It wasn’t in the Supreme Court only district court big difference.

  • G Aleution says:

    This is horrendous and will be reviewed carefully at the highest levels.

  • Pablo L samaniego says:

    It’s pretty sad corrupt people going up this Henderson is a trash a person that I don’t know if she gets her private to somebody else for get the position that she has now she took my children with the most corrupt attitude is selling her private to any better money she has not respect as a human being

  • Pablo L samaniego says:

    In this country for the judge or public servant you need to be a w**** a prostitute or sexual servant because is the only way that you get up and later you accuse of sexual harassment after you voluntarily gave your butt to the best bet is what Henderson did, she make the corruption her way to grow I think if in this part of the world they want very law very judgment they need to put people that really knows what mean be honest

  • Mo says:

    So. If an employee dies because of a vaccine injury or is disabled will they or their loved ones be adequately compensated?? I mean, if you are being forced to be injected with an experimental substance just to keep a conditional job….yeah…

  • Neil A DeWitt says:

    I can understand why the corporations are doing this but I disagree with them as for legal rights of the people. Now that being said; the native corporation is a government of its own so, they can dictate to their peoples and the people have to agree. Am i incorrect?

  • Jen says:

    I hope nothing happens to those who recieved the covid shots. But! It’ll probably affect recipients some way depending upon the recipients family history, body, and personal habits and health.

    You know what I am interested in learning about are any women and teen girls experiencing weirdness occurring around their menstrual cycles here on Alaska. Cause other women are reporting intense bleeding and delayed or stopped cycles.

  • Mongo Love Candy says:

    Anyone who would go to work there deserves what they’ll get in the end. If people just said NO then all the mandates in the world wouldn’t mean diddly.

  • Dayglow says:

    This isn’t new. Most hospitals have been mandating flu vaccines for years. You also have to prove you’ve either had childhood illnesses or been vaccinated. Always have to be tested for TB, drug tested before employment and some hospitals won’t hire you if you smoke. Goes on and on!

    • Jake Libbey says:

      There is a significant difference between actual FDA approved vaccines that have decades of research and long-term side effects, and a totally new kind of gene therapy treatment that has only been approved under an Emergency Use Authorization. What you are pointing out is not an apples to apples comparison.

  • Jan DeLand says:

    Many believe the shots are bio-weapons. Coercing a person to take an experimental biological agent into their body violates the Nuremberg Code which established a number of points for the world following the experimentation on Jews by Nazis in WWII. From Rule #1 : The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion.

  • DoneWithIt says:


  • Dayglow says:

    That’s their problem and people can believe crazy conspiracy theories if they want too. They can also find another job.

    • Steve D says:

      I thought the Berring Straight Native corporation backed off of their mandate? I know people who work for them and that’s what they said.

  • Sharon Turner says:

    Forced medical procedures This is right out of Third Reich, USSR, and today’s CCP/China! I had a knock on my Senior (*subsidized) apartment door in April! Lied my face off and coyly said yes I have had vaccines. They will have to drug and drag me to get this unauthorized, unproven ‘biological agent’ that has yet to receive even FDA approval. 1984 is here! Study your history people ! You are living in a nation of ‘progressive’ totalitarianism. Not the USA of a Sovereign Nation, Representative Republic. “My people suffer for lack of knowledge”

  • NAV says:

    Federal law has already set presidence in 2008 in the re ratification of the Nuremberg treaty its call informed CONSENT!!! SUE THE NATIVE CONSORTIUM!!!!