BIA’s Tribal Resilience Program

Solicitation Opportunity Number: BIA-TRP2020-0001


Grant application packages must be submitted to the BIA Tribal Resilience Program Office no later than 5:00 pm Alaska Daylight Time, March 2, 2020.


BIA’s Tribal Resilience Program recently announced its Annual Funding Solicitation, with funding available for Tribal resiliency programs.

Funding is available for several categories of funding. This includes:

  • Adaptation Planning
  • Ocean and Coastal Planning
  • Capacity Building 
  • Relocation, Managed Retreat, and Protect-in-Place Planning for coastal and riverine communities

BIA held a webinar to go over the program and the presentation material including the recording of the webinar are posted on the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals’ Tribes & Climate Change Program website.

Learn more and watch the webinar here: 

Find all the details about the BIA Announcement and requirements for the application here:


Alaska Federation of Natives Convention

Photo of AFN Convention
Panel presentation at AFN

This year, I was fortunate to attend the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Fairbanks, AK.

This year’s theme was “Good Government, Alaskan Driven.” The panels focused on the recent budget cycle, and the requirements under the Alaska Constitution to provide certain services to state citizens. 

This included separate panels on public education, public health, and public welfare. There were a lot of good discussions about what services should provided and aren’t because of the cuts, and how this impacts Alaska Native communities throughout the State.



Unfortunately, my schedule to this year’s convention was tough! I missed a connection in Seattle, and didn’t arrive until 7 am. I was able to have good conversations with colleagues and friends. And learned more from the different conversations to help clients in Alaska navigate the challenges ahead.

Photo of dance group at AFN in Fairbanks
Nagsragmiut Inland Eskimo Dancers from Anaktuvuk Pass, AK

And was able to watch some of the dance groups at Quyana Alaska I the first night. Quyana is “thank you” in Yup’ik.

Find the conversations on social media with the hashtags: