Alaska Native peoples have been here for thousands of years and continue to live a traditional way of life; and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) honors that livelihood. We partner with tribes and Alaska Native organizations on formal financial and non-monetary agreements; and countless ongoing, long-standing informal and formal agreements across Alaska. These pages are just a snapshot of the many activities in which, together with Alaska Native peoples, we collaborate, live with, live from, learn from, and enjoy this place we call home.
State of Alaska joins Service in Formal Apology for Harmful Impacts of Past Bird Harvest Phohibitions
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game formally apologized to Alaska Native peoples Thursday, September 13, 2018. The apology recognizes hardships Alaska Native families experienced from implementation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in the 1960s and 70s. "This moment ... can bring healing, and healing is what needs to happen for Natives throughout the State," said Gayla Hoseth, AMBCC Native Caucus Co-Chair and Bristol Bay Regional Advisory Committee Representative. Council members honored many Alaska Native leaders who worked to change the Act during the ceremony. The apology was presented to the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council at their fall meeting by USFWS Regional Director Greg Siekaniec and Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten.
Writing an Alaska Native Relations Policy
Alaska Native peoples have lived from, with and as a part of the environment since time immemorial, and as such, have a direct connection to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mission. We are in the process of developing a new chapter of the Native American Policy which will be tailored to the specific uniqueness of the Alaska Region. Tribal consultation and ANCSA Corporation consultation is available through September 2016. An open public comment period will occur in early 2017. Here is a draft Alaska Native Relations Policy for your review and comment. Contact Crystal Leonetti to set up consultation for your Tribal Government or ANCSA Corporation..
Refuge Law Enforcement Cross Cultural Communication
Federal Wildlife Officers in Alaska engage in a range of public outreach and education activities. They annually host and participate in Youth Wildlife Officer Camps at various locations across the state, speak in schools, participate in the Ride for Life suicide prevention program, and lead hunter education, snow machine safety, and wilderness survival courses. Officers in Alaska approach their work with a heart-felt compassion for community and personally take the initiative to deliver moose, sheep, caribou, duck, goose and fish to elders. They invest in cross-cultural training and education, including recently developing a 13-minute video to help raise awareness among Federal Wildlife Officers, Special Agents, and other employees of the Service about Alaska Native communication and how to avoid misunderstanding and rush to judgment, especially during law enforcement contacts and interviews. View the video on our YouTube Channel!
Alaska Native Relations
- Working Effectively with Alaska Native Tribes and Organizations Desk Guide for USFWS
- Traditional Ecological Knowledge
- Alaska Native Relations Training for USFWS
- Alaska Natives and Conservation Planning
A Recipe for Participation. USFWS Alaska's Jeffrey Brooks, Social Scientist and Melanie Jacobs, Student Intern describe the shortcomings of a bureaucratic process in making connections with Alaska Native People during the conservation planning process; and how to correct and improve those important relationships. This paper is still in draft and the author is very interested in your feedback. You may contact Crystal Leonetti at 907-786-3868 or Jeffrey Brooks directly at 907-786-3839 to provide your feedback on this discussion paper.
- Presentation of "Alaska Natives and Conservaiton Planning"
Alaska Natives and Conservation Planning: A Recipe for Participation. This power point presentation was given by Brooks and Jacobs at the October, 2010 Wildlife Society Conference in Snowbird, Utah.
- "Working with Tribes in the Midwest Region to Fulfill our Federal Trust Responsibilities" - This 42 minute video discusses the trust responsibility that exists between the Federal Government, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Native Americans. Click here to view the video. If you have feedback on this video or are interested in seeing one produced for Alaska, please email Crystal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Visiting and Listening: Meaningful Participation for Alaska Native Peoples in Conservation Projects
Policies and Government-to-Government Relations
- Department of Interior Tribal Consultation Policy
- Department of Interior ANCSA Consultation Policy
- DOI Policy Press Release
- Secretarial Order regarding new DOI Policy
- The Native American Policy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Executive Order 13175 - Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments
- Secretarial Order 3225 – Endangered Species Act and Subsistence Uses in Alaska (Supplement to Secretaries Order 3206)
- Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Leaders Directory
- Secretarial Order 3335, Reaffirmation of the Federal Trust Responsibility to Federally Recognized Indian Tribes
- Secretarial Order 3317 - The Order Issuing the Department of Interior Policy on Tribal Consultation
- USFWS Tribal Consultation Handbook
Alaska Native Affairs Specialist
1011 E. Tudor Road
Anchorage, AK 99503
Tribal Communication and Outreach Specialist
101 12th Avenue, Room 236
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Tribal Wildlife Grant Coordinator
1011 E. Tudor Road
Anchorage, AK 99503