National Indian Housing Council elects new chairman

Alaskan Marty Shuravlaff elected by solid majority, other officers named to executive committee

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Marty Shuravloff, right, the newChairman of the National American Indian Housing Council

Courtesy photo Marty Shuravloff, right, the newChairman of the National American Indian Housing Council

HONOLULU -- An award winning Executive Director of the Kodiak Island Housing Authority and enrolled Native Alaskan, Marty Shuravloff was elected as Chairman of the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) May 24 by a strong majority at the group's annual business meeting in Honolulu.

In addition, the NAIHC Board also named the following officers:

¥ Vice Chairman Cheryl Parrish, Executive Director Bay Mills Housing Authority, Michigan

¥ Secretary Michael Cook, Administrator, Oneida Tribal Council, New York

¥ Treasurer Raymond Gonzalez Jr., Executive Director, Washoe Housing Authority, Nev.

Shuravloff, a seven-year NAIHC Board member (representing Region IX) and past President of the Association of Alaska Housing Authorities, has pledged to support and advocate for increased funding for all Indian programs. He is an enrolled member of the Leisnoi Village of Alaska.

"I pledge to work toward improving funding for housing and infrastructure for tribes and Alaska Natives," said Shuravloff. "Tribes have not always gotten a fair shake from appropriators, as there is not a single ethnic group that has the level of overcrowded and substandard housing that Native Americans living on reservations face today. The federal government has not lived up to its trust responsibility to tribes. I pledge to try to change this."

Governor's committee

Shuravloff also has finance experience in addition to housing experience. He has served in his current job since 1999, but served on the Boards of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation since 2000 and the Koniag Inc. Regional Native Corporation since July 2005--the latter a second term, as he had served that role previously for three years ending November 2003. He is a member of Governor Murkowski's (Alaska) Homeless Trust Steering Committee.

Shuravloff's honors include three HUD Best Practice Awards: for the Rental Assistance Program for Students, the Family Investment Center and the Creating Jobs In Building Maintenance Programs; plus the "Outstanding Leadership Award in Economic Development by establishing Alaska's First HUD Apprenticeship & Training Program Certified by the Department of Labor.

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