Working With Federally Recognized Tribes
The National Park Service has a unique political relationship with American Indian tribes which is based in the U.S. Constitution and hundreds of treaties, statutes, regulations, and policies, and strengthened by a shared commitment to stewardship of the land and resources. The Service will honor its trust responsibilities to American Indian tribes, in part, through government to government consultation on Service actions that may have a direct substantial impact to the interests of the 229 federally recognized tribes in Alaska.
NPS Alaska Region works with tribes on issues as diverse as subsistence, climate change, historic preservation, scientific research, ethnographic research, archaeological projects, mapping traditional lands, and many other topics. For more information on specific topics, please click on appropriate website links listed on this page.
Department of the Interior
In 2011, the Department of the Interior developed and adopted a Policy on Consultation with Indian Tribes to affirm the Agency's support, and pursuit of a government-to-government relationship with federally recognized tribal governments. This Policy applies to the work of the National Park Service:
- DOI Tribal Consultation Policy
- DOI Press Release regarding Tribal Consultation Policy
- Secretarial Order regarding DOI's Tribal Consultation Policy
- EO 13175 - Consultation & Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments
Management of Subsistence Harvest on Federal Public Lands
One of the most important pieces of conservation legislation in the history of the United States was the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) of 1980. Tribal interests were affected by different provisions in ANILCA, including the management of harvesting subsistence food resources on federal public lands. For information on the NPS role in implementing Title 8 of ANILCA, see:
- Subsistence Management
For additional links to National Park Service programs and resources for tribes, see NPS American Indian Liaison Office.
Consultation with Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) Corporations
Following Congressional direction given in 2004 and 2005, the Department of the Interior developed a Policy on Consultation with ANCSA Corporations that was adopted by the Department in 2012.