Tribal Communities climate project awards across Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today (March 20th, 2024) welcomed the announcement of more than $30.4 million for 42 climate resilience projects in tribal communities in Alaska. These awards, made through funding provided by Congress through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Inflation Reduction Act, and the annual appropriations process, will help tribal communities across the state adapt and bolster their resilience to climate change.

“The selection of more than 40 climate resilience projects across tribal communities in Alaska is a significant step forward in addressing the growing threats and impacts of climate change,” said Vice Chairman Murkowski. “By incorporating Indigenous knowledge and prioritizing community driven initiatives, we can ensure these resources effectively meet the unique needs of each Tribe.”

The entities listed below (Yukon Delta region) will receive awards under the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Tribal Climate Resilience Annual Awards Program. Alaska received about one-quarter of the total of $120 million in awards announced today.

As Vice Chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee, a senior appropriator, and one of the lead negotiators and authors of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Senator Murkowski played a key role in authorizing and providing the funding awarded by DOI.

YK Delta Alaska Award Recipients

Asa’carsarmiut Tribe

Asa’carsarmiut Adaptation Planning Project: $235,000.00

Native Village of Kipnuk

RMP Coordinator: $115,233.00

Native Village of Kongiganak

Kongiganak Erosion Mitigation Preliminary Engineering project: $200,000.00

Native Village of Kongiganak

RMP Coordinator Adaptation project: $112,810.00

Native Village of Kwinhagak

Community Resilience to Permafrost Degradation Threats Project: $4,000,000.00

Native Village of Kwinhagak

Adaptation Plan Support – Establishing an RMP Coordinator: $121,494.00

Native Village of Nunam Iqua

Resilience Coordination Project: $96,038.00

Native Village of Paimiut

Native Village of Paimiut Asqinaq Climate Resilience Planning: $223,546.00

Native Village of Tuntutuliak

Implementing Climate Resilience Strategies: $130,000.00

Native Village of Tununak

Coordination Project: $122,898.00

Nunakauyarmiut Tribe

Relocation, Managed Retreat, and Protect in Place Activities Coordination Project: $126,898.00

Village of Chefornak

Home stabilization and construction: $4,000,000.00

Village of Kotlik

Tribal Capacity Building and Adaption Planning: Resilience Coordinator: $102,861.00