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.
For more information on Learning Network activities, email us at .
With the summer season upon us, the AK TRLN is not holding any events in June and July. Please check back in August!
August 11, 2021
AK TRLN Event - Elevating Ancestral Practices: Tribal Wellness in Climate Adaptation PlanningAlaska’s climate is changing rapidly with Alaska’s Indigenous Peoples experiencing the effects first hand. Climate conditions are significantly impacting community wellbeing, local livelihood, lands, and futures, creating an increase in climate related emotional stress, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss. Including traditional practices as strategies to address climate impacts can promote strength, resilience and adaptation in tribal communities.
This training is intended to support climate adaptation planning in Alaska Indigenous communities through collaborative discussions with Tribes, applying local cultural knowledge and practices, and utilizing local expertise on trauma and wellness paired with a successful framework that has been used by other Tribes.
Hosted by the AK Tribal Resilience Learning Network and Working Group
- Malinda Chase, Deg Xit'an, AK Tribal Resilience Liaison
- LaVerne Xilegg Demientieff, Deg Xit'an, LMSW, PhD, Associate Professor, UAF Social Work Department
- Meda DeWitt, Tlingit, Traditional healer, Ethno-Herbalist, Indigenous Health Advocate
- Shasta Gaughen, PhD, Environmental Director; Pala Band of Mission Indians, San Diego, CA
The Alaska Tribal Resilience Learning Network Team
Jerilyn Kelly - City of Quinhagak Mayor, Calista Shareholder, Native Village of Kwinhagak member (Working Group Member)
Diane Sam - Private land/community planner, Iñupiat with family roots on the Arctic Slope and in the Interior (Working Group Member)
Ryan Toohey - USGS Science Applications Coordinator and Hydrologist
Jeremy Littell - USGS Lead Scientist
Mike DeLue - AK CASC Science Communicator
Molly Tankersley- AK CASC Science Communicator
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