A Native American law firm with a sizable Alaska presence announced Tuesday it is launching a $3.5 million charitable program to support tribal health care.

The first grants from Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry amount to $1.5 million and will go to five tribes or tribal health care organizations for capital projects, including two in Alaska.

The law firm is approaching four decades of work in tribal law. Lloyd Miller, an Anchorage lawyer and one of the firm’s partners, said in a written statement that the grants “underscore our deep appreciation for the honor of working with Indian Country.”

The Alaska grants are $450,000 each. They will go to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to support a new 202-bed patient and family housing facility, and to Southcentral Foundation to help with a new building, the Nuka Institute, under construction in Anchorage to provide space for wellness and therapeutic programs.

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