Tribal Climate Adaptation 101

An interactive workshop for Tribes planning for climate change

This training is for Tribal Climate Resilience Coordinators, Environmental Professionals, and Tribal Leadership that are beginning or new to climate change adaptation planning.

flyer for tribal climate adaptation 101 training with image of a group standing in a field and the AK TRLN logo

In this three-day workshop, participants will learn:

  • Various approaches to climate adaptation
  • 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.

Date: October 4-6
Location: International Arctic Research Center at UAF

Registration is now closed. If you would like to check the status of your registration or request to be placed on the waitlist, please contact Krista Heeringa.

At a Glance Agenda- subject to change

Climate 101 Trainers

Guest Presenters

nancy fresco

Nancy Fresco

Dr. Nancy Fresco is a research professor at UAF and SNAP’s Network Coordinator. As such, she either leads or contributes to many of SNAP’s projects. Her work focuses on forging effective collaborations, linking SNAP data to the needs of stakeholders, and interpreting the results of complex modeling efforts. Her background is in biology, forest ecology, and environmental education.

woman poses in front of waterLaverne Dementieff

Dr. LaVerne Xilegg Demientieff is Deg Xit’an (Dene) and her family is from Holy Cross and Anvik, Alaska. She currently resides in Fairbanks, Alaska, and is working as a Professor in the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bachelor of Social Work program where she has taught since 2006; she is also a licensed master social worker through the State of Alaska. LaVerne is a statewide trainer on the topics of historical trauma and historical wellness, adverse childhood experiences, resilience, trauma informed care, and healing centered care.

john walsh

John Walsh

Dr. John Walsh has been central to the International Arctic Research Center’s success and public profile, leading many of the organization’s strongest research and outreach efforts. His research has long focused on Arctic sea ice, and he has recently worked to establish a long-term sea ice database for use in a formal, searchable Sea Ice Atlas interface.


photo of rick thomanRick Thoman

Rick Thoman is an expert in Alaska climate and weather. He produces reliable Alaska climate change information and graphics describing Alaska’s changing environment. His work spans the bridge between climate modeling, Alaska communities and media.


jeremy littellJeremy Littell 

Jeremy Littell is a Research Ecologist (Climate Impacts) with the Department of Interior Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center. He conducts research on the role of climate and ecological drought in Alaskan and other forested ecosystems. He also facilitates the use of climate information in planning, adaptation, and vulnerability assessment.


photo of philomena keyesPhilomena Keyes

I currently reside in my hometown of Kotlik, AK. I am the Tribal Administrator for the Native Village of Bill Moore's Slough. I previously was the Tribal Resilience Coordinator for the Village of Kotlik and completed a Coastal Adaptation Plan for the Village to use as a guide for future reference if needed.


image of women near brick wallKathy Lynn
Kathy Lynn is a faculty researcher in the University of Oregon’s Environmental Studies Program, where she coordinates the Tribal Climate Change Project, a collaborative project at the University of Oregon with support from the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Angela Larson
Goldstream Group

Travel and Logistics

The training will be held at the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.


The parking fee at UAF is $5 a day. If you will be driving your own vehicle, please let us know at least one week in advance.  We will be able to provide day passes for individuals driving their own vehicles.


The AK TRLN has secured a block of hotel rooms for the TCA 101 training under the name “Tribal Climate Adaptation 101.” 

Participants need to say that they are making reservations to attend the Tribal Climate Adaptation 101 in order to access the reduced rate of $75 per night.

Location: Pikes Waterfront Lodge
1850 Hoselton Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99709
Phone: (877) 774-2400
Dates: October 3-7, 2022
Rate: Government rate – $75/night
Rooms: 30 reserved (10 – 1 king bed, 20 – 2 queen beds)

  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Restaurant for Dinner
  • Shuttles to and from the airport


To and from the airport: Pike’s Waterfront Lodge offers an airport shuttle to and from the Fairbanks International Airport included with any reservation and stay at the lodge (call 877-774-2400 or 907-456-4500 for pick-up).

To and from the training: The Alaska Tribal Resilience Learning Network team will provide shuttles to and from Pike’s Waterfront Lodge, as well as shuttle trips to Fred Meyer’s. 


Through a partnership with the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society, we are offering travel scholarships for participants that are affiliated with a tribe or tribal organization.

  • NAFWS will fully reimburse the costs for accommodations and flights within the state of Alaska to attend the training. Travel scholarships do not include the cost of meals or incidentals. 
  • Participants will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements. At the completion of the training, you will need to submit receipts to the NAFWS point of contact to receive reimbursement. 
  • Once receipts are submitted to NAFWS, it will take approximately 2-3 weeks to receive reimbursement. 
  • Scholarships will be given to participants who are affiliated with a tribe or tribal organization. NAFWS can also support representatives from village corporations and city councils who are applying to join this training as a community team with their tribal counterparts.

For more information or questions please contact Justin Leonor Kaitlyn Demoski. All receipts will need to be submitted to Justin or Kaitlyn.

Course credit - (coming soon)