The mission of the Cultural Heritage and Language department is to proactively reclaim and repatriate our stories, cultural beliefs, traditions and language to sustain Tsaa Dane culture.

Core Community Services

Core Function:

To support endeavors with language translation as well as locate and curate existing information through archival work.


  • Revitalize Dane-zaa Záágéʔ by documenting and integrating language in all facets of community life, administrative operations and with external parties by:
    • Fulfilling internal and external translation and knowledge requests
    • Growing fluency of the language by providing learning opportunities and tools to community members
  • Coordinate requests for community representation at internal and external events, e.g., Drummers, translators and Elders (Territorial welcome and knowledge sharing)
  • Manage cultural heritage and historical data through specialized archival systems and quality research
  • Reclaim and rebuild Tsááʔ Ché Ne Dane identity by bringing cohesion and connection to our Tsááʔ Ché Ne Dane knowledge systems as reflected in our stories, Dreamers’ songs, language, traditions and values
  • Connect Elders and youth to encourage and foster transmission of knowledge and traditional skills
  • Promote public awareness and increases visibility of Tsááʔ Ché Ne Dane culture, history and language
  • Develop policies to ensure effective data governance and sovereignty
  • Manage the DRFN Fur Program by collecting furs from community trappers
  • Manage the DRFN Craft Program by purchasing and selling crafts and artwork produced in the community


Verena Hofmann

Cultural Heritage and Language Manager

Cultural Heritage and Language Department Staff

Madeline Oker

Cultural Heritage and Language Liaison

Coleen Apsassin

Cultural Heritage and Language Liaison

Amy Acko

Part-time Language and Cultural Assistant

Chasity Carter

Part-time Language and Cultural Assistant

Detailed contact information for our staff and departments can be found on our Contact page.