Ketchikan Indian Community: VISTA Alaska Natural Resources

Ketchikan Indian Community


With the help of a VISTA AmeriCorps Volunteer, Ketchikian Indian Community (KIC) aims to tackle environmental issues that threaten KIC’s Subsistence Way of Life and tribal health. The priority issues identified are 1) effects of a changing environmental conditions (i.e. shellfish toxic levels, seaweed/kelp heath, berry patch health; ocean acidification); 2) lack of, or inadequate baseline data in many areas that hamper management of resources including regulatory and policy issues, (i.e. acid mine drainage, fish consumption rate, lack of fish population monitoring in local waters - ooligan (smelt) and herring, water quality in fish spawning streams, fecal coliform levels in local waters); 3) cultivating collaborative partnerships and professional relationships with: environmental and natural resources management agencies at the local, regional, state and federal level; other stakeholder groups; institutes of higher learning; local schools; Southeastern Alaskan Tribes; and individuals and clan leaders within Ketchikan Indian Community itself.


College graduate, environmental experience



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