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CULTURE Temporary Goal 

Support region wide Cultural Revitalization efforts that empower and heal the local population.

Project: BBNCEF- The Bristol Bay Teaching & Learning Collaborative’s (BBTLC)– Improving Teaching Quality in our Indigenous Communities to Increase Student Success.

Project Description: The Bristol Bay Teaching & Learning Collaborative’ s (BBTLC)

Outline of steps required for project to be completed:

ACTIVITIES FOR BRISTOL BAY STUDENTS

  1. Students receive career counseling about career opportunities in education.
  2. Two cohorts of high-school students begin exploring career opportunities in education in-depth.
  3. Summer culture camps are offered to students.
  4. BBRCTE issues one report identifying student pathways and barriers to pursuing education careers in 2025.

ACTIVITIES FOR LOCAL BRISTOL BAY EDUCATORS

  1. Staff and educators who grew up in the Bristol Bay Region are identified and contacted annually to discuss continuing education and career options.
  2. BBRCTE staff identify barriers and opportunities for Bristol Bay residents to gain further education/training to build their careers within the education systems in the region.
  3. Community Cultural Resource Repository (CCRR) created for Bristol Bay Region.
  4. BBRCTE issues one report identifying pathways and barriers for local residents to become educators in 2025.

ACTIVITIES FOR C3 EDUCATORS

  1. Bristol Bay educators who have taught in the region between 0-5 years participate in the yearlong Creating Cultural Competence (C3) program:
  2. Participation in a summer culture camp and enrollment in subsequent graduate-level course.
  3. Connection with a local cultural mentor.
  4. Invitation to supportive Midyear Gatherings.
  5. Educators enrolled in both C3 and M.Ed. programs receive experiential learning mentorship.

People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps: The Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation (BNCEF) will be the project lead and will work with the Alaska Humanities Forum, four Bristol Bay School Districts – Bristol Bay Borough School District, Dillingham City Schools District, Lake and Peninsula School District, and the Southwest Region School District, University of Alaska Anchorage, and Bristol Bay Region Career and Technical Education Program to meet project outcomes.

  • Cost Estimates:
  • Costs: $1,400,000 – 1,600,000 annually for 3 years – Total Project Budget $4,200,000
  • Timeline: 2022-2025
  • Funding Partners: BBNC Education Foundation, Bristol Bay Borough School District, Bristol Bay Regional Career and Technical Education, Dillingham City School District, Lake and Peninsula School District, Alaska Humanities Forum.

Evaluation Measures:

Short-term outcomes (Y1/immediately after activities) that are measurable and will be evaluated annually the first 3 years
Bristol Bay Students

  1. Bristol Bay students increase their knowledge of education careers in their communities.
  2. BBTLC students express interest in education careers.
  3. Students who attend camp report increased cultural knowledge/skillsets, a stronger sense of cultural identity, and a deeper understanding of the local and regional cultures of Bristol Bay.
  4. Students increase their awareness of CCRR.

Bristol Bay Local Educators

  1. Educators who grew up in BB Region increase their knowledge of education career options and pathways.
  2. BBLTC educators increase their awareness of CCRR.

Bristol Bay C3 Educators

  1. Students in communities with C3 teachers perceive improved relationships with their schools’ teachers.
  2. Educators increase their knowledge of the Alaska Native cultures of Bristol Bay.
  3. Educators increase their confidence in their culturally responsive classroom practices.
  4. Educators have increased access to local resources they can draw on for their work.
  5. Educators perceive an increase in community support.
  6. Educators meet regularly with cultural mentors during their year in the program.
  7. C3 and M.Ed. educators receive 600-level credits.
  8. Educators increase their awareness of CCRR.

Medium-term Outcomes (Y2-3) that are measurable

Bristol Bay Students

  1. Students who attend camp report feeling a continued increase in the strength of their sense of cultural identity in the years following their camp experience.
  2. Students increase interaction with CCRR resources.

Bristol Bay Local Educators

  1. Educators who grew up in BB Region express interest in advancing their education credentials.

Bristol Bay C3 Educators

  1. Students in communities with C3 teachers perceive improved relationships with their schools’ teachers.
  2. Students in communities with C3 teachers perceive that the educators demonstrate increased knowledge of the Alaska Native cultures of Bristol Bay.
  3. Students in communities with C3 teachers perceive that their school is improving in cultural responsiveness.
  4. More Bristol Bay Region educators receive an M.Ed. certification.
  5. C3 educators increase their use of CCRR resources in their classrooms.

Long-Term Outcomes/Impact

  1. The majority of Bristol Bay teachers and educational leaders are people who grew up in the region.
  2. Trust is at the center of education in Bristol Bay (between teachers and students, teachers and communities, and schools and communities).
  3. Bristol Bay schools are grounded in the cultures of their communities. Local culture, knowledge, language, and values are reflected throughout the schools, materials, teachers and administrations.
  • Key Project Contact:
  • Name: Kay Larson-Blair
  • Title: Cultural Heritage Program Officer
  • Organization: Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation

Project: BBNC Culture Camp

Project Description:  The BBNC Culture Camp is an opportunity for BBNC shareholders and descendants in grades 9-12 to share and be exposed to the cultures, languages, and traditions of the Bristol Bay region. Culture Camp is a time to come together to share and learn our ways of knowing, doing, and being as descendants of Bristol Bay’s three cultural groups: Alutiiq, Dena’ina, and Yup’ik. Participants will experience camping and living from the land through a variety of activities from local knowledge bearers from across the region. In addition, participants will be exposed to traditional crafts, language learning, and song and dance.

Outline of steps required for project to be completed:

The Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) and the Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation (BNCEF) will host together the annual summer youth Culture Camp. BBNC Shareholder Development sponsors the Culture Camp Director Position to plan and implement the annual BBNC Culture Camp. BBNCEF works alongside BBNC to help with planning and implementing.

The Purpose of culture camp is to create a gathering place for strengthening and embracing our relationship to our earth, people, and waters. Our values are to Create a space to come together to share and learn our ways of knowing, doing, and being descendants of Bristol Bay’s three cultural groups:

  • Yuuyaraq (Yup’ik/Yupiaq way of being)
  • Dena’inaq Huch’ulyeshi (Dena’ina way of being)
  • Unguwacirpet (Alutiiq/Sugpiaq way of being)
  1. The goal of culture camp is to connect youth to their heritage and building a strong sense of identity (1)
  2. Fostering a sense of belonging, (2) Creating a space for cross-cultural sharing, and (3) Serving as a catalyst for cultural revitalization within our region. Camp will focus on Alutiiq, Dena’ina, and Yup’ik languages through an assortment of activities. Our Elders, as our knowledge bearers, will be a central part of camp. Our staff will lead a variety of activities including: Salmon fishing and processing,
  3. Berry picking, Plant gathering (identification and use), Language learning: Dena’ina, Sugt’stun and Yugtun, Traditional crafts, Storytelling, Song and dance.
  • People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps:
  • Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) – Culture Camp Director assumes overall leadership of planning and implementation of the BBNC/BBNCEF Culture Camp Program, Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation (BNCEF) – Cultural Heritage Program Officer helps as needed to assure a successful camp.
  • Cost Estimates:
  • Costs: An estimated $210,000
  • Timeline: Summers of 2022-2025
  • Funding Partners: BBNC and BBNCEF

Evaluation Measures:

  • Number of youths that participate in culture camp
  • Key Project Contact:
  • Name: Rebecca Sedor
  • Title: BBNC Culture Camp Director
  • Organization: Bristol Bay Native Corporation

Project: Assess and Develop Plan to restore and increase speakers for the Peninsula Dialect of Alutiiq language

Project Description:  Assess, document and develop plan to restore and increase speakers for the Peninsula Dialect of Alutiiq language. The Alutiiq/Sugpiaq language has two recognized dialects, Koniag and Chugach. The Koniag dialect is spoken from the Alaska Peninsula to Kodiak, whereas the Chugach dialect is spoken from the Kenai Peninsula to Prince William Sound. Most classes being offered were from the Kodiak area and consisted of the Kodiak Alutiiq dialect. Based on interviews there are very few (less than 10) first-language speakers of Alutiiq. Our Alutiiq communities are located on the Alaska Peninsula from Egegik, down to Perryville, and up to Lake Iliamna. Of Bristol Bay’s three languages, Alutiiq has the lowest number of speakers.

Outline of steps required for project to be completed:

  • Alutiiq Speaker Communities:
    • Travel to communities with speakers.
    • Inventory speakers.
    • Record and Document Alutiiq language spoken.
    • Document speakers.
    • Document Traditional Place Names.
  • Develop plan to increase language speakers with Tribes, communities, and other partners.
  • Identify and Document media that contain historic information, cultural information, language, ownership, location, and state.

People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps: The Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation (BNCEF) will be the project lead and will work with the Native Village of Port Heiden and Tribes in our Alutiiq Communities to document and interview local Alutiiq Speakers.

  • Cost Estimates:
  • Costs: An estimated $360,000 annually for 3 years (A final budget will be produced in March 2022)
  • Timeline: 2022-2026
  • Funding Partners: BBNC Education Foundation and Native Village of Port Heiden

Evaluation Measures:

  • Identify number of speakers
  • Identify and document Traditional Place Names for Alutiiq Communities
  • Identify plan moving forward for next steps
  • Key Project Contact:
  • Name: Kay Larson-Blair
  • Title: Cultural Heritage Program Officer
  • Organization: Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation

Project: Improve student success through development of curriculum and instructors that incorporates Alaskan Native Art, Language, or Cultural Activities.

Project Description: Develop & train experienced local instructors for workforce development. Create classes that support One Health holistic approach to student learning.

Outline of steps required for project to be completed:

  1. Recruit & train instructors
  2. Support instructors in developing curriculum
  3. Mentor instructors in developing portfolios enhancing employment opportunities
  4. Offer classes for credit
  5. Acquire course materials/technology that supports courses and course delivery
  6. Provide financial support to students

People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps: UAF rural campuses: Bristol Bay, Northwest, Chukchi, and Kuskokwim

  • Cost Estimates:
  • Costs: $305,000
  • Timeline: October 2022 – September 2027
  • Funding Partners: DOE Title III NASNTI, Margaret Ann Cargill Philanthropies

Evaluation Measures:

  • Number of new instructors approved
  • Number of courses taught by new instructors
  • Number of students who report their health was improved by taking the course
  • Key Project Contact:
  • Name: Laura Zimin
  • Title: Faculty, Tribal Governance
  • Organization: UAF Bristol Bay Campus

Project:  Create new and better access to octopus subsistence for the communities of Chignik Bay, Chignik Lake, Chignik Lagoon, and surrounding areas.

Project Description: The goal of this project is to construct and deploy 20 wood boxes (non-baited) to act as nesting locations for octopus in and around the Chignik Regional Small Boat Harbor. These boxes can be picked and checked for octopus by all community members for subsistence purposes. The hard plastic recycled buoys to mark the boxes will serve a dual purpose by also better marking the channel for the harbor entrance which will benefit the safety of boat operators. The non-baited boxes will reduce the use of traditional methods of octopus hunting which involves pouring bleach into natural octopus den sights in the marine environment around the region.

  • Outline of steps required for project to be completed:
  • Gather locally owned materials (recycled when possible)
  • Construct boxes and bridals
  • Deploy 20 buoyed artificial octopus’ homes.
  • People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps:
  • The community of Chignik Bay working with the municipality, tribal entities, and Harbor Administration
  • Cost Estimates:
  • Costs: $5,000
  • Timeline: Spring and summer 2022
  • Funding Partners: BBNC

Evaluation Measures:

  • Temporary Jobs constructing the boxes.
  • In-kind contribution of management.
  • Better access to the subsistence resources.
  • Project will positively impact the lives of all people in the communities of Chignik Bay, Chignik Lake, Chignik Lagoon, Perryville, and Ivanof Bay who participate in subsistence octopus hunting.
  • Key Project Contact:
  • Name: James Brewer
  • Title: Harbor Master/ Councilmen
  • Organization: City of Chignik

Project: Develop increased participation in subsistence activities.

Bristol Bay is remote and home to the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon run. The ecosystem that supports this prolific salmon system also supports a variety of flora and fauna. Bristol Bay’s regional economy has been based on subsistence activities up until the turn of the twentieth century.

Project Description: Promote the fiscal and health benefits of subsistence to reduce dependence on outside food sources and increase community resiliency. With an abundance of wild food sources and remote to access destination, subsistence activity is a great way to bring food home while keeping dollars in hand. 

Outline of steps required for project to be completed:

  1. Promote subsistence activities through the workplace.
  2. Increased leave w/o pay for full time staff to participate in subsistence activity.
  3. Family leave for family subsistence activities.
  4. Promote inter-generational education of subsistence methods and traditions.
  • People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps:
  • Bristol Bay Native Association, Dillingham City School District, Bristol Bay Borough School District, Southwest Region School District, Lake and Peninsula School District, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Evaluation Measures:

  • Number/pounds of harvest/process/production.
  • Number of days per household per year in form of a subsistence calendar or other measurement.
  • Increased subsistence licenses obtained.
  • Decreased importation of outside foods.
  • Increased retention of household income.
  • Key Project Contact:
  • Name: Natural Resources Department
  • Title: Cody Larson
  • Organization: Bristol Bay Native Association

Project: Hunting, Fishing and Gathering Task Force.

Project Description: Establish a task force to direct advocacy efforts in protecting Alaska Native Hunting & Fishing rights.  The traditional hunting and fishing practices taught by our ancestors in order to provide for social, cultural, spiritual and economic wellbeing and the continued survival of our people and communities for our way of life.

Outline of steps required for project to be completed:

  1. Increase Alaska Native influence in our regulatory systems
  2. Enhance Alaska Native Management of our resources
  3. Impact Climate Change, research and international dialogue
  4. Provide Hunting and Fishing Regulation Workshops before regulatory meetings
  5. Team up with other ANOs for a stronger force for Alaska Natives
  6. People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps:
  7. BBNA, Office of Subsistence for a resource in data.
  • Cost Estimates:
  • Timeline: 3 years
  • Funding Partners: EPA, IGAP

Evaluation Measures:

  • 10-15 Bristol Bay residents were able to attend the training.
  • 30 % of the Evaluations of participants indicate participation and education made an impact on their wellbeing to advocate for our way of life.
  • Key Project Contact:
  • Name:  Gayla Hoseth
  • Title: Director of Natural Resources
  • Organization: BBNA

Project: Developing Tribal Environmental Codes within Bristol Bay Region.

Project Description: As sovereign nations, federally recognized tribes can develop their own laws (also known as codes, statues, or ordinances) that guide how their tribal members and/or outside influences (contractors, non-tribal members, and other organizations) behave on their lands/ in their community. Developing effective tribal laws is an essential part of protecting human health and the environment so that future generations can be healthy and enjoy the environments natural resources. The Brownfield Program would like to host/conduct a regional training to teach and develop environmental codes with tribes so that they can protect their village environments and population health.

Outline of steps required for project to be completed:

  1. Start conversations and develop potential partnerships with organizations that have the capacity to teach and assist in developing environmental codes.
  2. Gather support from the region.
  3. Find and secure funding.
  4. Host regional training for Bristol Bay Villages.
  • People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps:
  • 31 Bristol Bay Tribal Councils, BBNA
  • Cost Estimates:
  • Timeline: 1-2 years.
  • Funding Partners: EPA, IGAP

Evaluation Measures:

  • Successful environmental tribal codes implemented and enforced with-in villages.
  • Key Project Contact:
  • Name: CaSandera Johnson
  • Title: Brownfield Coordinator
  • Organization: BBNA

Project:  Hunter Orientation Training for Bristol Bay Marine Mammal Hunters.

Increase awareness of marine mammal hunting techniques and uses to the younger generation.

Project Description: This project will increase an awareness of traditional marine mammal hunting practices to transfer knowledge to younger audience from experienced hunters and elders. There is a need to pass on traditional knowledge of marine mammal hunting to interested young students, hunters from experienced marine mammal hunters, and elders. In order to pass on our Native way of life traditions, and to continue our cultural preservation of traditional hunting practices, we need an orientation training for interested students, young marine mammal hunters to learn from elders, and experienced hunters in Bristol Bay.

Outline of steps required for project to be completed:

  1. Specific Work Activities:
  2. Traditional knowledge from experienced marine mammal hunters and elders will be done on-site during marine mammal hunting season, either spring or fall.
  3. Traditional knowledge transfer from elders – demonstrating, traditional hunting practices, consisting of the following components:
  4. Hunter safety
  5. Hunter orientation-will consist of hunting techniques or methods-hunting equipment, traditional knowledge of proper way to catch the animal; proper methods after animal is caught (harvested); proper butchering techniques, learn about animal anatomy; learn traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) on sharing, distribution of harvest in community.  Health as food-include nutritional food value of marine mammals.

PROPOSED PARNTERS-People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps:

BBNA Marine Mammal Program Staff; USFWS Marine Mammals Management Division with the Qayassiq Walrus Commission; University of Alaska-Fairbanks-Bristol Bay Campus; Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation-Emergency Medical Department-Hunter & Safety Division; 

  • Cost Estimates:
  • Costs:
  • Timeline:
  • Month 1-Invite tribal councils, and interested students, young hunters to participate in marine mammal hunter orientation training.
  • Month 2-Logistics Tasks:
    • •Hire experienced hunt captain to assist in conducting hunter orientation training.
    • •Hire elders knowledgeable in traditional hunting practices, methods, processing and related traditional knowledge.
  • Month 3-Conduct hunter orientation training.
    • •Participate in marine mammal hunting during spring or early fall.
    • •Process marine mammals
  • Month 4-Provide project results to participating tribal councils, and report to Bristol Bay region.
  • Funding Partners: SEDS Grant upon awarded to BBNA; USFWS for Pacific walrus hunter orientation training; University of Alaska-Fairbanks:  Bristol Bay Campus; Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation; Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation-EMS Department-Health & Safety Division, Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Marine Mammal Commission

Evaluation Measures:

  • Sharing and passing on traditional marine mammal hunting methods, practices to the next generation.
  • Our beginning target group will be up to 25 interested young students, and young hunters with plan to expand this project to other Bristol Bay sub-regional marine mammal hunting communities in future grant project.
  • Increasing awareness of the younger Alaska Native people on traditional marine mammal hunting.
  • Key Project Contact:
  • Name:
  • Title: Marine Mammal Program Manager
  • Organization:  Bristol Bay Native Association

Project: Expand public access to projects that interpret the regional cultural resources of Bristol Bay that are currently housed in local, regional, state, federal, and international archives, and collections.

Project Description: Bristol Bay has the potential for being able to deliver rich interpretive and educational experiences that demonstrate the depth of our culture and heritage to residents and visitors. Bristol Bay has a rich system of relationships, traditions, values, and entangled heritage, which is centered on our rich sockeye salmon runs that return to the region annually. However, our lack of regional, local, tribal, and municipal capacity for cultural resource management and interpretive experience design leaves a majority of this meaningful work to be completed by dedicated individuals at a grassroots level in a patchwork of locations. These individuals are not afforded the benefits of research support, natural partnerships for grant funding, effective venues for installing exhibitions, or sustainable options for retaining assembled research and project materials in local archives for future use. Acknowledgement of these deficiencies would contribute significantly to interagency planning to developing relationships, departments, partnerships, public spaces, and research data retention plans to improve our ability to retain, protect, develop, and deliver authentic access to the cultural resources of Bristol Bay.

Outline of steps required for project to be completed:

  1. Bring regional, local, and tribal stakeholders together to support efforts to develop a visitor infrastructure project in King Salmon.
  2. Bring federal, state, regional, local, and tribal stakeholders together to support efforts to establish a home in the Bristol Bay region for the NN Cannery History Project MugUp Exhibition currently under construction in Juneau, Alaska to bring home to be installed permanently.
  3. Empower and explore grants to enable our local municipal libraries to become central hubs for storing digital cultural resources at home in our communities.
  4. Explore pathways for activating the spaces in our local museums, libraries, visitor centers, airports, and tribal buildings to host exhibits and interpretive materials.
  5. Establish relationships for regional, local, tribal, and municipal entities to partner with nonprofits, businesses, and individuals to establish Cultural Heritage Districts or Tourism Business Improvement Districts to activate our lived cultural experiences throughout our communities.
  6. Establish interagency conversations to ensure that access to cultural resources is recognized as a significant driver for continued stability in local participation in our local fisheries.
  7. Examine limitations in regional programs requirements to expand their offerings to support development of intertribal, and regional interpretive and educational experiences.
  8. Identify partnerships to enable the digital exhibition project, Our Life in Bristol Bay, the necessary regional support to seek the grant funding needed to advance the project beyond the prototype phase.
  9. Explore the possibility of utilizing grant opportunities to establish temporary and permanent positions to develop cultural resource, interpretive, and educational materials that represent the region.
  • People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps:
  • The Bristol Bay Borough Chamber of Commerce, King Salmon Visitor Center Partnership, King Salmon Airport, NN Cannery History Project, Local Government, LaRece Construction, Bristol Bay Historical Society Museum
  • Cost Estimates:
  • Costs: unknown
  • Timeline: 5-year timeline – 2021 -2026
  • Funding Partners:

Evaluation Measures:

  • Expansion in spaces available for hosting exhibitions and interpretive experiences.
  • Improved access to cultural materials in visitor experience resources.
  • Increased availability of project partnership support to enable receipt of successful grant applications.
  • Increase in access to visitor experiences, tour guides, and heritage information.
  • Increase in local jobs dedicated to developing our cultural resource and interpretive capacity including, humanities studies, arts & design, exhibition development, digital media, and experience education.
  • Key Project Contact:
  • Name: LaRece Egli
  • Title: Secretary
  • Organization: Bristol Bay Borough Chamber of Commerce

Project: Expand and strengthen cultural resource management capacity of Bristol Bay by developing historic preservation commissions, tribal historic preservation offices, and cultural resource departments within regional, tribal, and municipalities.

Project Description: Bristol Bay has the potential for being able to research, manage, and interpret the robust cultural resources from the region. We have a rich system of relationships, traditions, values, and entangled heritage, which is centered on our rich sockeye salmon runs that return to the region annually. However, local entities have not collaborated to establish local mandates or regulations for self-management of local cultural resources. Formation and development of these mandates and regulations at a regional, local, tribal, and municipal level would enable the Bristol Bay Region to increase our capacity to develop, manage, protect, and cultivate our cultural resources. This program infrastructure will significantly contribute to tribal land management, natural resource protection, community infrastructure development, and economic development opportunities in our villages.

Outline of steps required for project to be completed:

  1. Bring federal, state, regional, local, tribal, and municipal entities together to begin planning efforts to establish communications about regional cultural resource management capacity and establish policy.
  2. Ensure that regional, local, tribal, and municipal entities understand the importance of research, partnerships, tribal relationships, and government-to-government relationships in supporting heritage preservation and economic development in the region.
  3. Establish a list of landmarks, sites, objects, and properties throughout the region, state and country listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  4. Explore pathways with partners for establishing municipal Cultural Heritage Districts or Tourism Business Improvement Districts managed by a supportive nonprofit entity.
  5. Establish need and benefits of establishing the Bristol Bay Borough as a Certified Local Government recognized by the State of Alaska Historic Preservation Office.
  6. Establish need and benefits of reactivating interest in developing City of Dillingham’s previous status as a Certified Local Government recognized by the State of Alaska Historic Preservation Office.
  7. Encourage regional organization to establish Cultural Resources Departments that can aid in research, planning, grant writing, and regulatory processes interventions to support the continuance of indigenous traditions in Bristol Bay.
  8. Leverage staff and resources at the State of Alaska Historic Preservation Office, and National Park Service to educate regional, local, tribal, and municipal entities about the wide berth of project support and grant resources available to Certified Local Governments, Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, and Cultural Resources Departments.
  9. Explore the feasibility of establishing a regional Tribal Historic Preservation Office to aid in research, planning, grant writing, outreach, and cultural representation interventions that need to be executed to support the continuance of traditional culture in Bristol Bay.
  10. Facilitate relationship building with regional, local, tribal, and municipal entities with museums, libraries, visitor centers, interpretive projects, and educational outreach efforts to increase awareness of the importance of place-based capacity building.
  • People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps:
  • 31 tribes in Bristol Bay, Bristol Bay Chamber of Commerce,  US Fish & Wildlife Service, Bristol Bay Borough, the State of Alaska Historic Preservation Office, National Park Service, BBNA, BBNC, BBEDC
  • Cost Estimates:
  • Costs: unknown
  • Timeline: 5-year timeline – 2021 -2026
  • Funding Partners:

Evaluation Measures:

  • Increase understanding of local tribes, culture, industry, values, and heritage in municipalities.
  • Increased understanding of the significant role of humanities scholars in research, planning, and execution of cultural preservation projects in tribes, nonprofits, and native corporations.
  • Increase in local hire job opportunities for scholars trained in archeology, anthropology, history, social impact design, and historic architecture.
  • Increase in public access to projects that interpret the regional cultural resources of Bristol Bay that are currently housed in local, regional, state, federal, and international archives, and collections.
  • Increase in local jobs that support research cultural resources, production of art, development of experience tours, and delivery of supporting services.
  • Increase in the number of residents and tribe members working in cultural resources, natural resources or law enforcement departments of federal agencies.
  • Key Project Contact:
  • Name: LaRece Egli
  • Title: Secretary
  • Organization: Bristol Bay Borough Chamber of Commerce

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