Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (CCTHITA) is a federally recognized tribe. There are over 30,000 enrolled tribal citizens eligible to receive a citizenship identification (ID) card.
When Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Central Council) approached their vendor, Secure iD LLC, they had a number of functions the card needed to perform.
The Tribe’s Program Compliance department’s primary duty is to identify their tribal citizens. Tribal citizens are issued an identification card to confirm that they are registered to a federally recognized tribe allowing access to services for which they may be eligible. Services include housing, education, health, other tribal services and (tribal) voting, and travel such as international travel allowing the legitimate crossing of the border to Canada.
The Program Compliance department is also responsible for issuing identification cards to Central Council’s employees. This card provides verification of employment and allows employees to receive federal government rates for business travel.
Because the previous cards had become ‘time-worn’ it was time to renew the overall look to reflect and inspire a continuing sense of pride and belonging.
Initially Central Council used an embossed card system, which they replaced with a direct-to-card printer. It became apparent that further measures were needed for authentication and security purposes.
- Issue tribal authentication card to Central Council’s tribal citizens;
- significantly reduce risk of forgery;
- compact in size so staff can take the printer with them to issue
ID cards in remote areas;
- meet requirements for secondary TSA travel identification.
With the recommendation of a more secure system, the tribe looked into upgrading to a higher quality system with more security features:
- Central Council chose the XID8600 for ultra high-resolution print technology with long-lasting, non-fading color presenting a long-term return on investment.
- The tribe purchased two systems: one kept on-site at headquarters and the other is mobile, allowing workers to issue citizens’ cards in isolated regions separated by Alaska’s archipelago.
- The new hologram provides instantaneous authentication, which also includes UV print. It is also TSA approved.
- Improved protection from forgery thanks to advanced edge-to-edge 600dpi retransfer color printing, microtext printing and customized hologram.
“The new ID cards satisfy all these goals and our tribal citizens are very pleased with them,” says Grace Hawkins, Central Council’s Program Compliance Coordinator. “We’ve even managed to incorporate our tribe’s logo – a formline design of an eagle and raven – as a customized hologram, which makes it unique and creates an extra security feature.”
A tribal citizen from Central Council designed the dual-sided card bringing another special element to their new ID.
“There’s a lot of interest among our tribal citizens because it’s a second form of identification,” added Valerie Hillman, Central Council’s Program Compliance Manager. “Other tribes have inquired about our new ID card and it’s inspiring them to renew their own as well.”
It’s practical and daily usage has proved effective, whether that is accessing educational scholarships, medical or dental services or transport systems. Given Alaska’s diverse geography – divided so often by large bodies of open water managed by federal regulations – there is a higher proportion of airplanes and ferries than in other states.