Working to create opportunities that encourage everyone to become more physically active.
Improving access to nutritious food for our community.
Life coaching services that serve to support others in creating behavioral changes.
Events to inform the community.
Aiming to reduce the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes.
Reducing the prevalence of high blood pressure.
NALEMP was developed by the Department of Defense (DOD) to adress environmental issues from past department of Defense activities on Indian Lands which include Alaskan Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA)-conveyed lands and Native allotments. In recognition of the need to address tribal concerns in DOD environmental programs, Congress has provided annual funds to mitigate environmental impacts on Indian lands and ANCSA-conveyed properties.
The Qawalangin Tribe's TRP program seeks to build tribal capacity here in Dutch Harbor, identifying and responding to potential brownfield sites through outreach, tribal environmental knowledge, and community education. Our program goals aim to address contamination issues in partnership with local landowners and stakeholders. We are building a Contaminated Sites database for use during our research efforts and for outreach during public meetings. As a Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS), Unalaska Island has many sites that have been documented and prioritized for cleanup by the USACE. However, it is not uncommon for new sites to be discovered or contamination issues brought to the attention of the tribe.
Having the TRP program in place creates a way for the community to express their concerns and also in helping to provide historical knowledge about sites and potential contamination. The TRP program provides assistance to the community by addressing sites that are orphaned or may lack a responsible party. The long term goals of our program are to build capacity, identify sites for building our inventory and public record, create opportunities for remediation and redevelopment of sites within our community, and to be a resource within the community for public comments and information.
Our NALEMP program, through the Department of Defense, provides cleanup dollars to address FUDS contamination and debris removal on the island. In the future, we are working to develop a TRP program that utilizes the NALEMP funding to provide leverage for more cleanups in partnership with our local village corporation and the community of Unalaska. The TRP program will be an important step to bridge the gaps in our community where sites have been abandoned or ownership is in question. It is our goal to categorize sites, determine eligibility for cleanup, and proceed with cleanup and redevelopment through the TRP process.
The Resiliency program is focused on defining what resilience means to our coastal community, including developing our Climate Adaptation Planning process in response to rapid change. We are excited to build this program with our community and regional partners, to have strong conversation about Resiliency and what is important for our Tribe into the future.
Indian General Assistance Program
The goals of the Indian Environment General Assistance Program (IGAP) is to assist tribes and intertribal consortia in developing the capacity to manage their own environmental protection programs, and to develop and implement solid and hazardous waste programs in accordance with individual tribal needs and applicable federal laws and regulations.
Backhaul Alaska coordinates the hauling of hazardous waste out of rural Alaska communities. The program will begin with village and small community generated wastes, and slowly expand to become a waste service for agencies, individuals, and corporations doing business in rural Alaska