The Natural Resources Division conducts research projects and advocates for natural resources including land, fish, animal, and birds in the Bering Strait region. Through knowledge and education, they strive to protect tribal members’ access to these resources, and assure that future harvests is sustained and promoted.
Eskimo Heritage Program
Kawerak's Eskimo Heritage Program (EHP) was created in 1981. Local Native fieldworkers were hired in six communities to document and record our Elders. Since the 80's, the EHP collection has been catalogued, transcribed, and translated. Staff are digitizing the entire collection, which will make the collection more accessible for education and public use.
Eskimo Walrus Commission
Created in 1978 by Kawerak, the Eskimo Walrus Commission (EWC) represents Alaska's coastal walrus hunting communities. EWC works on resource co-management issues. Walrus is a primary resource of food for Alaska Natives, and its ivory, bone, and hide are used to produce handcrafts, artwork, and skin boats.
The Fisheries Program conducts research to ensure sustainability of fish resources. This program also advocates on behalf of subsistence users, collects data from regional rivers to improve management decisions, and is making plans to implement restoration projects in Norton Sound.
Land Management Services
Land Management Services provides technical assistance to owners and heirs of Native allotment and restricted townsite lots. Some of these services include: property sales, gift deeding, leasing and permitting, contracting for BLM survey, title recovery, mortgages, BLM adjudication information, removal of restrictions, resolving trespass settlements, granting rights-of-way, probating restricted estates, wills, forestry, fire suppression, and environmental consulting.
Reindeer Herders Association
The purpose of the Kawerak Reindeer Herders Association is to provide assistance to its twenty-one members in the development of a viable reindeer industry, to enhance the economic base for rural Alaska and to improve the management of the herds.
Subsistence Resources Program
The Subsistence Resources staff advocate on behalf of subsistence users for the protection of customary and traditional harvest of all resources. This program also provides information on subsistence uses to state and federal programs in support of proposals and projects that will result in improved management of subsistence resources.
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