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. Through a cooperative agreement with the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society, the Learning Network works to build collaborative and meaningful relationships with Alaska Native Tribes and other entities in order to address management and adaptation needs across the state.

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.

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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

August 17, 2022
  • August 17, 2022  11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    AK TRLN Event: StoryMap on Insights from Coastal Arctic Indigenous Observers

    This presentation covers a AAOKH StoryMap on Insights from Coastal Arctic Indigenous Observers. This storymap aims to summarize recent themes in Arctic observing from five Alaska communities which are part of the Alaska Arctic Observatory and Knowledge Hub. Recent themes include warmer temperatures, changing winds, coastal storms, sea ice change and subsistence changes.  

    Panelists: 
    Roberta Glenn, Alaska Arctic Observatory & Knowledge Hub (AAOKH)
    Donna Hauser, Alaska Arctic Observatory & Knowledge Hub (AAOKH)

    Register here to attend.
October 4, 2022
  • October 4, 2022 - October 6, 2022  

    AK TRLN Event: Tribal Climate Adaptation 101

    This in-person interactive workshop hosted in Fairbanks will provide an introduction to planning for climate change impacts in Alaska. It is intended for Tribal Climate Resilience Coordinators and Environmental Professionals that are beginning or new to climate change adaptation planning. In this three day workshop, participants will learn about various approaches to climate adaptation, and how to compile or revise a plan from an Indigenous perspective that represents their community and regional experience. This session will provide an opportunity to work with and learn from other Alaska Tribes, climate scientists and statewide practitioners.

    Registration coming soon!
October 5, 2022
  • October 4, 2022 - October 6, 2022  

    AK TRLN Event: Tribal Climate Adaptation 101

    This in-person interactive workshop hosted in Fairbanks will provide an introduction to planning for climate change impacts in Alaska. It is intended for Tribal Climate Resilience Coordinators and Environmental Professionals that are beginning or new to climate change adaptation planning. In this three day workshop, participants will learn about various approaches to climate adaptation, and how to compile or revise a plan from an Indigenous perspective that represents their community and regional experience. This session will provide an opportunity to work with and learn from other Alaska Tribes, climate scientists and statewide practitioners.

    Registration coming soon!
October 6, 2022
  • October 4, 2022 - October 6, 2022  

    AK TRLN Event: Tribal Climate Adaptation 101

    This in-person interactive workshop hosted in Fairbanks will provide an introduction to planning for climate change impacts in Alaska. It is intended for Tribal Climate Resilience Coordinators and Environmental Professionals that are beginning or new to climate change adaptation planning. In this three day workshop, participants will learn about various approaches to climate adaptation, and how to compile or revise a plan from an Indigenous perspective that represents their community and regional experience. This session will provide an opportunity to work with and learn from other Alaska Tribes, climate scientists and statewide practitioners.

    Registration coming soon!

The Alaska Tribal Resilience Learning Network Team

malinda chase smiles outdoorsMalinda Chase - Alaska Tribal Resilience Liaison (Lead Contact)

Justin Leon PhotoJustin Leon - Native American Fish and Wildlife Society Tribal Liaison (Lead Contact)

krista heeringa

Krista Heeringa - Alaska Tribal Resilience Learning Network Staff (Lead Contact)

megan pittas in front of a forested mountainMegan Pittas - Research Associate and Assistant Coordinator for AK TRLN

woman poses in front of waterLaVerne Demientieff - Department of Social Work Chair and Professor (Working Group Member)

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)

alexis wagnerAlexis Wagner - BIA Environmental Protection Specialist

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