Native Liaison

Huna Tribal member speaks at podium
The Huna Tribal House Dedication in August, 2016. (NPS Photo)
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.
A park ranger shakes hands with an elderly woman
Dr. Katie John attends the Kendesnii Campground dedication in Wrangell St. Elias NPP. The campground name is in recognition of the connections of the Upper Ahtna Athabascan Indians to the Park. NPS photo

Resources

Department of 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:

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.

For more information on Tribal relationships and coordination please contact:

Adrienne Fleek (Tlingit)
Alaska Native Affairs Liaison
National Park Service, Alaska Region
907-644-3511

a park ranger shakes hands with a local man during a campground dedication
A campground dedication in Wrangell St. Elias NPP. The campground name is in recognition of the connections of the Upper Ahtna Athabascan Indians to the Park. NPS photo

Last updated: July 14, 2017