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

September 22, 2021
  • September 22, 2021  9:30 am - 10:45 am

    ITEP Webinar: Status of Tribes and Climate Change Report

    ITEP is hosting an introductory webinar on the recently-released Status of Tribes and Climate Change report.

    More information to follow.
September 23, 2021
  • September 23, 2021  2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

    Another Climate Report: Responsibility, A Quick Guide and Accountability

    Many of our AK Indigenous People express the responsibility to family, village and broader community in the values identified by our Elders. As leaders, this responsibility relates to accountability and action. In 2019, Youth and Elders at the AK Federation of Natives passed a resolution that clearly calls out our climate crisis and the need to act. More recently, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) and the Status of Tribes and Climate Change (STACC) Reports were released with some significant and key messages. In this webinar, senior climate scientist Dr. John Walsh will highlight a Quick Guide to Climate reports including their purpose, how they are created, some key messages for Alaska, and how they might be used with other information in climate change adaptation work. Indigenous climate activist and creative, Princess Daazhraii Johnson, explores our individual and collective responsibility to act and the need for leadership in all arenas of governance/government to be accountable to the messages in timely climate reports and act on behalf of our children and humanity as a whole.

    This is a joint webinar between the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy and the Alaska Tribal Resilience Learning Network, part of the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center.

    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