Tanana Chiefs Conference VISTA Natural Resources

Tanana Chiefs Conference


The Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) is a tribal consortium of the 42 tribes of interior Alaska. Our rural communities, most only accessible by plane or boat, depend on traditional fishing, hunting, and gathering practices to meet their food security and economic needs. These practices are being threatened by regulatory processes, international treaties, commercial and sport hunting and fishing, increased population competing for limited resources, and a lack of information about our resources. To ensure the next generation can continue our traditional practices, TCC is developing a comprehensive method for our tribal communities to gather localized observations to better understand natural resource management issues, including fish and wildlife resources, habitat, water quality, seasonality, wildland fire, hydrology and many integrated factors, appropriate to local/regional needs. This project includes two distinct components. First, TCC is working with tribes and federal and state agencies to develop indicators that reflect indigenous observation and perspective. In addition, we will develop data collection protocols, data analysis methods, and data use policies and agreements for each indicator. Second, TCC is developing a framework to engage local community members in the collection and interpretation of data to monitor these indicators.


College degree, environmental experience



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