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Our mission is to advance the capacity of our people and tribes for the benefit of the region.

Summer Archeology Camp



Amazing Opportunity for students 14-18 years of age! Nome Archeology camp will be hosted July 2-9 at Salmon Lake in Nome. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE APRIL 24TH!

Get hands on experience with culture AND science. Check out snippets from last year at

Download the application here or online


Opposition to Rivers of Gold Mining



Rivers of Gold - IPOP, LLC is looking to mine in the Nome Region. Kawerak Inc and Northern Norton Sound F&G Advisory Committee have both submitted letters of opposition within the DNR comment period due to the impacts of mining on the Safety Sound/Bonanza Channel critical habitat for fish and migratory bird and the fact that according to Alaska Statute subsistence use is a first priotiy above all else indlucing commerical and sport and it is illegal to obstruct or hinder subsistence hunting and fishing. You can view the letters of opposition below.

DNR is still accepting comment letters even though the official comment period is closed. You can send comments to

To watch a description of the proposed project you can view:

Kawerak's Letter of Opposition

Northern Norton Sound F&G Advisory Committee Letter of Opposition

Images of the proposed mining area:

Adult Driver's Education Class



Kawerak Employment and Training Department is pleased to offer more sessions of Adult Driver's Education! Two scheduled sessions will take place May 14-17 and June 4-7, and have slots available. Slots are open to residents of the Bering Strait who are 18 years of age, have a current remote or rural license, and have a plan for employment that includes requiring a divers license. The program will allow participants to obtain their Standard State of Alaska Driver's License. Travel scholarships are available. If you are interested, please call Kendra Takak at 443-4388. Download the application: Driver's Education Application.

Head Start Temporary Relocation



Kawerak received a grant to purchase, remodel, and add on to the childcare building. This is not only a needed adjustment, but it will allow us to serve more children!

In order to continue the Head Start and Childcare services we currently provide, we will be temporarily relocating to 306 West 5th Avenue in the Dawn of Life wing of the old hospital. Prior to the move, the facility will be inspected for health and safety, security measures will be installed, the space will have its own ventilation system, and an additional firewall protection will be in place. Additionally, to allow time and the ability to do this, April 19-30 Nome Head Start and Early Head Start center based services will be closed. Relocation dates are planned to be April 2018 to January 2019.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but the end goal will allow us to serve more children in higher quality space.  If you have any questions or concerns, you can call the Head Start Director at 443-9050 between 8am-4pm.

Oil and Gas Leasing in the Bering Strait



Kawerak Opposes Oil and Gas Leasing in the Waters of the Bering Strait Region

On January 5th, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) released its Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program, potentially opening offshore Oil and Gas Leasing/Exploration in various parts of Alaska that were previously not included in previous lease sales.

Kawerak, Inc. opposes oil and gas leasing / exploration in the Hope, Navarin, St. Mathew Hall, and Norton Basins. These basins are where tribes from our region have harvested subsistence resources for millennia and where local people from our region fish and crab commercially. With the proposed draft, these basins will be exposed and open to oil and gas leasing/exploration in 2023. These basins are vitally important to our survival and oil and gas activities pose a serious threat to marine life and safety in these areas. 

Kawerak encourages individuals from the Bering Strait region to review and comment on BOEM's Draft Proposed Program.  You may learn more about the draft proposed program and access links to submit comments at Online commenting at begins on Monday, January 8, 2018. There will be a public meeting in Anchorage at the Dena’ina Center on January 23rd from 7pm-10pm.***UPDATE The Anchorage comment hearing for the BOEM Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing proposal has cancelled.**** PUBLIC NOTICE:

For additional questions and information please feel free to reach out to the Kawerak Marine Program at (907) 443-4368 or email

Click here for the full press release: Kawerak Press Release on BOEM

Eskimo Walrus commission also released a statement on the BOEM Leasing Draft Program. Click here for the full release: EWC Press Release on BOEM


Head Start Enrollment Applications Open!



Families can now start applying for the 2018-2019 school year for Head Start, Early Head Start and Child Care Partnership. Children from birth to 4 years old by August 1 are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted year round, but priority for the upcoming school year will be given to children with completed applications submitted prior to July 1st.

Please pay careful attention to the application checklist. Download it or see below. For the full application, please download the form: Head Start Application or visit your local head start office.


Educate on Walrus Ivory



In an effort to stem the poaching of African elephants, various U.S. states have passed laws banning the sale, use, or possession of all ivory, and additional states are considering such laws.

These Ivory ban laws may cause residents to face prosecution for buying, owning, or bringing home legally acquired ivory from Alaska.

In an effort to educate the public and curb the economic shockwave that could financially disadvantage communities and artist, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board produced a brochure to educate potential buyers about Ivory. Please download and share the brochure here.

SJR4 is also propsed in the Senate to ensure the bans are lifted and educate the US on the legitimate and legal sale of walrus ivory under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.





Quyanaqpaq to our 2017 Pick Click Give donors to Kawerak! Almost $1500 more was donated in 2017 to help support the continued programming and development of the first Alaska Native Cultural Center for the Bering Strait Regon, for a total of $2,735.00 raised. You can still donate for 2017 with your PFD until August 31!

We are so grateful for our donors. Thank you for sharing the love!!!