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Burial Assistance Program


The NVOK Burial assistance program is income/need based and is only available when there are no other resources available to pay the cost of the funeral/burial. Our Tribe provides minimum burial expenses according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) payment standards, which are established by the Assistant Secretary of the BIA.


  • Deceased must be Alaska Native/American Indian who meets the criteria as required by 25 CFR 20.300.
  • Income based and deceased must NOT have sufficient resources to be eligible. This includes, but is not limited to SSI, Veterans Death Benefits, Social Security, and donations from other organizations.)
  • Deceased must have resided in the service area for at least the last six (6) consecutive months of his/her life.
  • Extended family/surviving spouse may apply for deceased.


  • Determination of need will be accomplished on a case-by-case basis using the BIA payment standard.
  • Upon determination ha the deceased meets the basic eligibility requirements a voucher can be made to pay the following:
    • Supplies needed to build/buy a casket
    • Transportation of the deceased
    • Funeral feast/potlatch
  • If the family requests assistance for the funeral feast/potlatch, up to four hundred dollars ($400.00) may be provided (this is not in addition to the payment standard formulation related to the funeral, but is part of the cost.)
  • The cost of transporting relatives to and from the community for the funeral is NOT provided with Burial Assistance funds.


Downloadable Forms

PDF fileBurial Assistance Application PDF (173 KB)

Program Contact

Burial Assistance Program

ATTN: Aurora Hoffman
PO Box 296
Kotzebue, Ak 99752

(907) 442-5317 Direct
(907) 442-4013 Fax