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. To view previous e-bulletins, visit the archive of recent bulletins.

Upcoming events

May 19, 2021
  • May 19, 2021  11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    AK TRLN Event: Can I Build Here?

    In rural Alaska, planning decisions about housing involve individuals, local tribal and village corporation leadership, and regional housing authorities. This Information session will explore considerations for building on permafrost in a rapidly changing environment to inform decision-makers. It will preview how past landscape changes, due to permafrost thaw, can inform us about future conditions, and how this must influence where we decide to build, what kind of housing designs we should consider, and how to maintain our homes and infrastructure.

    Presenters: Jerilyn Kelly, Tribal member and Mayor of Quinhagak; Bob Bolton, permafrost researcher; and Ilya Benesch from the Cold Climate Housing Research Center.

    Whether joining by Zoom or by phone REGISTER HERE

    For those joining by phone, you can request that the powerpoint is emailed to you ahead of time.

    To join via the phone (if not using the zoom interface) please dial:
    Participant Pin: 8914524
May 26, 2021
  • May 26, 2021  11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    AK TRLN Event: Network Call

    This month's call will provide a space to informally discuss climate considerations in responding to and planning for new housing construction. This network call is an open space for sharing ideas and asking questions related to the recent information session, “Can I Build Here”. Builder Ilya Benesch and Stacey Fritz from the Cold Climate Housing Research Center/ National Renewable Energy Lab will participate in this discussion. 


    Participants can call 1-866-832-7806 (conference code: 1212577) to attend by toll-free phone conference.

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