Who Are We ?

The Norton Bay Inter-Tribal Watershed Council (NBITWC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit tribal consortium focused on protection and sustainable management of water and subsistence resources, climate change adaption planning, Alaska Native tribal sovereignty and environmental human rights in the Norton Bay Watershed located on the Seward Peninsula, Alaska. To this end, NBITWC conducts legal and scientific research, analysis, lobbying, policy and advocacy in its efforts to protect and restore tribal interest in water quantity, water quality and water rights for the health of the watershed ecosystem, preservation of cultural identity, protection of subsistence resources and the benefit tribal members.

The Native Villages of Elim, Unalakleet, Shaktoolik, Golovin, Shismaref and Koyuk which are Federally recognized tribal governments located within the North Bering Sea Region and are each represented on the NBITWC, have demonstrated commitment and sacrifice for the conservation and restoration of NBSR salmon, to provide for healthy and sustainable populations. NBITWC assists these tribal entities in acting with a unified voice for the conservation and restoration of the NBSR salmon fisheries to protect their traditional way of life and well-being, and establish a comprehensive management plan and program based upon indigenous knowledge systems and scientific principles.

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