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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.

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

Kawerak EESS Village Travels



Kawerak is hosting Outreach Events in the region over the next 3 months to let YOU know about programs that will benefit YOU. Meet us at your local IRA from 11am to 3pm.

Come and learn about Tribal Welfare Assistance, Scholarships, Vocational Training Grants, GED, Vocational Rehabilitation, Direct Employment, Education and Employment Supportive Services, Child Care Assistance, How to become a Child Care Provider, Apprenticeships and Village Based Training Opportunities, Child Advocacy, starting a small business, Restricted Native Allotments or Town site Lots and get assistance with wills and probate.

Come on over to your local IRA between 11am and 3pm! You could enter to win cool door prizes and enjoy Subway. If you have any questions or want to know the date we are scheduled to come to your village, contact Kawerak at 1-800-450-4341.


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.





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!!!