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

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
  • August 11, 2021

    AK TRLN Event - Elevating Ancestral Practices: Tribal Wellness in Climate Adaptation Planning

    Alaska’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

    Co-led by
    • 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

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)

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