“Our communities and our Chiefs work so hard, with the best people surrounding us, to challenge the norm,” says Chief Cobiness. “To challenge systemic policy, legislation, and to think outside the box to do the best for our people. And that’s what we’re all about. Making those changes and not being afraid.”
“And we have horses,” Chief Cobiness says with a laugh. “Whoever thought that we would have horses? We think outside of the box to support our people the best way that we know how. By coming together through feasting, through laughing, through tears, and talking about solutions. Finding creative solutions right across the board.”
“We’re growing and people want to be with us, that’s important for us,” she adds. “We’re guided by our elders, supported by our communities, and we’re here to set the stage for our youth. This is our legacy for our kids.”
Chief Cobiness also thanked outgoing Executive Director Joe Barnes for his years of guidance, friendship, and continued growth of the organization, and acknowledged new ED Jennifer Dreaver in her role to lead us on the path forward.
After an amazing lunch prepared by staff and volunteers from the community, KCA Directors, leadership, and staff members were able to present reports on their department’s progress and growth over the last fiscal year, ending March 2023.