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 technical assistance

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


Subscribe to our e-bulletin and receive news on upcoming events, funding opportunities, and stories about Tribal climate adaptation. To view previous e-bulletins, visit the archive of recent bulletins.

For more information on Learning Network activities, email us at .

Upcoming events

December 9, 2021
  • December 9, 2021  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    AK TRLN Event: Alaska’s Berries in a Changing Climate Listening Session #1

    The changing climate is influencing Alaska’s berries in many ways and many climate adaptation plans and risk assessments identify changes in berries as a concern. However, the observations of changes are often not shared broadly, and the scientific information on how berries are changing is hard to find. This interactive session will include 1) a brief overview of some of the changes being observed in our berry species and 2) and an opportunity to discuss berry observations, concerns, and ideas important to your community.

    This discussion is part of a series of listening sessions on berries hosted by the Alaska CASC Tribal Resilience Learning Network and Alaska’s Berry Future project aimed at identification of research gaps and priorities to support communities who are interested in berry resources.

    The listening sessions are intended to help share our observations and concerns about berries so that we can have a better understanding of the changes that are occurring and help identify what information is needed to plan for berry harvests in the future. Discussion will not be recorded, but notes will be taken with the goal of summarizing the discussions across the series of listening sessions and producing a report of the major themes that emerged. We will only record your ideas if you provide your consent, and will attribute your ideas to you and provide an opportunity for each attendee to review the draft report.

    Register Here
December 15, 2021
  • December 15, 2021  11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    AK TRLN Event: SNAP Tools - Easy Access to Climate Data for Tribal Adaptation Planning

    Tribal planning efforts require access to both traditional knowledge from years on the land, as well as projections of future change specific to areas of interest. Projections can often be both broad, and complex, but online tools from the Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning (SNAP) provide easy access to data for all audiences. Join presenters from SNAP and from community partners to learn about how these tools can be used, and where to go to learn more about them.

    • Shayla Shaishnikoff - Qawalangin Tribe Resilience Coordinator
    • Nancy Fresco - SNAP Network Coordinator
    • Mike DeLue - Science Communicator for the AK CASC and SNAP

    Register here to attend.

The Alaska Tribal Resilience Learning Network Team

malinda chase smiles outdoorsMalinda 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)

megan pittas in front of a forested mountainMegan Pittas - Alaska Fellow

jerilyn kelly outdoors in winterJerilyn Kelly - City of Quinhagak Mayor, Calista Shareholder, Native Village of Kwinhagak member (Working Group Member)

diane sam outdoorsDiane Sam - Private land/community planner, Iñupiat with family roots on the Arctic Slope and in the Interior (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