Alaska Tribal Resilience Learning Network

The Alaska Tribal Resilience Learning Network (AK TRLN) is a community of learning, sharing, technical assistance, training, and support for Alaska Tribes, Leadership, and Indigenous communities as they respond and adapt to the current and future impacts of climate change.

This system of support is designed for Alaska Tribes and Indigenous communities that are working towards their climate adaptation priorities, especially those that have received BIA Tribal Resilience Program funding.

Alaska Tribes and Indigenous communities working on their Tribal climate adaptation plan are encouraged to participate in the learning network.

Get involved!

Attend an information session or training

Virtual information sessions highlight upcoming opportunities or explore current and emerging topics in climate change adaptation and resilience.

Training sessions in Climate Change Adaptation 101 Training and Special Topics in Climate Change Adaptation will be offered intermittently throughout the year.

Join a monthly Learning Network call

Alaska Tribes and Indigenous communities are experiencing unprecedented changes from climate impacts, but collectively possess incredible strength and resilience from the wisdom of Indigenous Knowledge that has been passed down for generations to respond to these changes.

Sharing stories and learning from each other about approaches and steps that have strengthened community response to climate change, strengthens everyone.

We host a monthly call that provides a space for communities to learn from each other and work on aspects of their adaptation plan.

One-on-one coaching

We offer direct support to Tribes and Indigenous communities working on climate change adaptation priorities through monthly check-in calls.


Subscribe to our e-bulletin and receive news on upcoming events, funding opportunities, and stories about Tribal climate adaptation.

Upcoming events

March 2, 2021
  • March 2, 2021  11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    ITEP Tribal Resilience Program Funding Information


    This webinar is an installment in ITEP's Topics in Climate Change Adaptation Planning webinar series which are available on the ITEP Tribes and Climate Change website under the Trainings and Events tab. 

    Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021Time: 10:00am (Hawaii), 11:00am (Alaska), 12:00pm (Pacific), 1:00pm (Mountain), 2:00pm (Central), 3:00pm (Eastern) 

    The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has announced the availability of funding through the Tribal Climate Resilience Program and please visit the BIA website for more information. Proposals are due Friday, April 23, 2021. 

    The Tribal Climate Resilience Program supports tribes preparing for climate change that impacts tribal treaty and trust resources, economies, infrastructure, and human health and safety. The Program will also provide funding for projects that support tribal resilience and ocean and coastal management planning.

    ITEP is honored to host the BIA for this webinar which will provide information about available funding for Tribal activities that support Tribal climate adaptation and resilience planning, ocean and coastal management planning, and relocation, managed retreat, or protect-in-place planning and design activities for coastal and riverine communities. Please join us to learn more about this funding opportunity. There will be time to ask BIA any questions which may support your proposal. 

    Presenters: Rachael Novak, Acting BIA Tribal Climate Resilience Program CoordinatorAlyssa Samoy, BIA Natural Resources SpecialistJo Ann Metcalfe, Certified Grants Specialist - U.S Department of the Interior, Indian Affairs 
March 10, 2021
  • March 10, 2021  10:00 am - 11:30 am

    Highlighting examples of what the Tribal Resilience Program, (TRP) has funded in the past

    In this session panelists will share their projects and planning approaches for addressing climate change utilizing the Tribal Resilience Program funding opportunity.

    Raymond Paddock, Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
    Kenneth Weitzel, Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
    Philomena Keyes, Village of Kotlik

    Malinda Chase, Alaska Tribal Resilience Liaison

March 17, 2021
  • March 17, 2021  2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Language in Climate Change Planning

    In this session panelists Nikki Cooley  and Kristin Timm will discuss terms used in climate change adaptation planning that will be helpful when preparing a TRP proposal.

March 18, 2021
  • March 18, 2021  2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Understanding the Difference Between a Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Assessment, and Desktop Report

    In the last Pre-TRP Application session, panelists will provide overviews and examples of desktop reports, vulnerability assessments, and risk assessments and discuss how these documents are used in the climate adaptation planning process. 

April 23, 2021

The Alaska Tribal Resilience Learning Network Team

malinda chaseMalinda Chase - Alaska Tribal Resilience Liaison (Lead Contact)

krista heeringa

Krista Heeringa - Alaska Tribal Resilience Learning Network Staff (Lead Contact)

alexis wagnerAlexis Wagner - BIA Pathway Intern
(Lead Contact)

grey person iconJerilyn Kelly - Mayor of Quinhagak
(Working Group Member)

grey person iconDiane Sam
(Working Group Member)

ryan toohey

Ryan Toohey - USGS Science Applications Coordinator and Hydrologist

jeremy littell

Jeremy Littell - USGS Lead Scientist

mike delue

Mike DeLue - AK CASC Science Communicator

molly tankersleyMolly Tankersley- AK CASC Science Communicator

Nathan Kettle

Nathan Kettle - Research Assistant Professor

As a council, we need to think about how we’re going to deal with this.”

– Iliamna Leadership, 2019

"Our Elders talked about changes before passing away because they knew the changes by observing. Never used to believe them, but now I do.”

– Kwigillingok community member, 2019