About Us

The Norton Bay Inter-Tribal Watershed Council (NBITWC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit tribal organization focused on protection and sustainable management of water and subsistence resources, climate change adaptation 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 of tribal members.


The Native Villages of Elim, Unalakleet, Shaktoolik, Golovin, and Shismaref, 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 to establish a comprehensive management plan and program based upon indigenous knowledge systems and scientific principles.

The Norton Bay Inter-Tribal Watershed Council organizes public gatherings to address issues that are impacting the Arctic. Civilized settlements and communities are witnessing their crucial infrastructure threatened by storm surges, eroding coastlines, degrading sea walls, melting sea ice, permafrost and glaciers. Species in the Arctic are impacted by warming ocean temperatures and dramatic losses of sea ice. 

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