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The Environmental Department is housed in the Native Lands & Resources (NLR) Division and provides training activities, educational assistance, and coordination of statewide projects. The department and NLR Division continue to contribute to the capacity growth within Alaska tribes and provides a wide variety of services to assist tribes as they address local and regional environmental issues with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funded projects.


The Indian General Assistance Program (IGAP) grant was established by the EPA to provide tribal governments with funding to develop capacity to manage their own environmental programs tailored to the individual tribe’s needs. Through the IGAP grant, NLR provides education and outreach for Southeast Alaska tribes; organizes and hosts an annual Southeast Environmental Conference and quarterly teleconferences; and creates networks and work groups among the Southeast tribes to build on each other’s resources and expertise.

Southeast Alaska Tribal Toxins Network (SEATT)

NLR and other Southeast Alaska tribes have formed a partnership, known as the Southeast Alaska Tribal Toxins Network (SEATT), to monitor plankton known to cause harmful algae bloom (HABs) events such as paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). The goal of the SEATT is to create a reduced risk management plan for shellfish harvesting by our tribal citizens and communities.

Southeast Environmental Conference & Teleconferences

The annual Southeast Environmental Conference brings together Southeast tribes to learn about current tribal environmental priorities, receive training and information, and to network with other environmental professionals throughout the state. In addition, NLR hosts quarterly teleconference calls to provide information and updates on environmental projects and issues that may be of concern to tribal interests.

Transboundary Watershed Protection

British Columbia, which borders Southeast Alaska, is experiencing a mining boom and several proposed mines are located on the tributaries and headwaters of rivers that flow into Southeast Alaska. NLR works on raising tribal awareness on transboundary mining activities and provides administrative support and resources to the Southeast Alaska tribes, known as the United Tribal Transboundary Mining Work Group, engaged in transboundary watershed and river protection.

State & Tribal Response Program (STRP)

The State & Tribal Response Program (STRP) is designed to give tribes funding to identify, inventory, assess, and develop a plan responding to potentially contaminated sites (land or water) that are presently too unhealthy for safe usage, but may be used again through rehabilitation. To learn more about this program, click here.

Brownsfield/Contaminated Sites Public Record

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields

Brownfields as defined by the EPA is a “property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant”.


For more information, please contact Native Lands & Resources | Environmental:
Toll Free: 1.800.344.1432 ext. 7186 | Local: 907.463.7186 | Fax: 907.885.0065