Alaska Tribal Conservation Alliance (ATCA) was established in 2011 by the first 3 Tribal Conservation Districts (TCD) of Alaska: Tyonek (2005), Mountain Village (2006), and Kwethluk (2006). ATCA is established as a multi- tribal 501(c)(3) nonprofit to provide education, outreach, and technical assistance to TCDs, board members, staff, and tribal communities. ATCA aspires to facilitate the identification of natural resource priorities, creation of conservation district specific goals, identification of potential partnerships, as well as provide conservation planning across the state. ATCA works with communities to demonstrate how TCDs benefit Alaska Native Villages as a support system for the promotion of sustainable practices and preservation of cultural lands. ATCA strives to support the building capacity of TCD’s to operate effectively, as an entity to bring partners together for natural resource conservation projects.
Since ATCA was established, there has been a substantial increase in TCD’s, from 3 to 18, with five additional TCD’s projected by the end of 2018. The increase in TCD participation in Alaska has created a need for Native communities to come together and discuss issues relating to their homeland. Since 2012, ATCA has hosted an annual symposium that brings together Tribal Conservation Districts, native corporations, government agencies, and other stakeholders to identify and address natural resource concerns, exchange knowledge, support common goals, and assist in overcoming barriers surrounding management of natural resources, subsistence, and agriculture activities on tribal lands.
In order to extend our service area, ATCA hosts regional conferences across the state, in places where TCDs do not currently exist. The conferences are a support system for forming Tribal Conservation Districts and aim to address challenges that Tribes may face regarding natural resources conservation, subsistence, and agricultural activities. ATCA aims to provide Tribes with resources and technical assistance needed in order to efficiently preserve and protect traditional ways of life.