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Regional Resources: Alaska

The entire state of Alaska falls under the jurisdiction of the Alaska Region, with the small exception of the Annette Island Reserve, which falls under the Northwest Region. More than 180,000 Tribal members make up the 228 federally-recognized Tribes under the jurisdiction of the Alaska Regional Office—from Ketchikan in the Southeast Panhandle to Barrow on the Arctic Ocean and from Eagle on the Yukon Territory border to Atka in the Aleutian Chain. Alaska’s marine fish and wildlife habitats, species distributions, and food webs, all of which are important to Alaska Native villages, are increasingly affected by retreating and thinning arctic summer sea ice, increasing temperatures, and ocean acidification (NCA4, ch. 26). Many Alaska Native villages are also dealing with impacts such as permafrost degradation, storm surge, erosion and flooding, and other similar issues which cause communities to face decisions around community-led relocation, partial relocation, site expansion, or take protect-in-place measures to address them.

Resources

Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC) Regional Resources

Alaska Climate Conferences

Planning Resources

Interactive Climate Data Maps

Environmental Assessment (EA) Reports: Statewide

Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison

The BIA Alaska region is served by the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center, partnering with the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society.

Justin Leon
Email: JLeon@nafws.org
Phone: 907-434-1038

Kaitlyn Demoski
Email: Kdemoski@nafws.org
Phone: 907-242-4789

Malinda Chase
Supported by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Email: MjChase@alaska.edu
Phone: 907-474-2768, 907-460-8438

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Connect with staff at the BIA regional office coordinating Tribal climate resilience activities:

Rosalie Debenham (main)
Email: Rosalie.Debenham@bia.gov
Phone: 907-586-7444

Keith Kahklen (alternate)
Email: Keith.Kahklen@bia.gov
Phone: 907-586-7444

Contact Us

Branch of Tribal Climate Resilience
1001 Indian School Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. MST, Monday–Friday.

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