KANA to receive federal funding boost for programs aimed at climate resiliency

Kodiak’s St. Herman’s Harbor at sunset (Kirsten Dobroth/KMXT)

Almost $500,000 in federal grant funding for programming aimed at climate resiliency is going to the Kodiak Area Native Association. The money is from the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs Branch of Tribal Climate Resilience. 

KANA will receive $217,914 for the development of a vulnerability assessment on both subsistence food sources and food grown locally in Kodiak. That includes studying how local and subsistence food is grown, prepared and the economic and cultural benefits of local food.

And $240,917 will go towards a coastal and freshwater monitoring program for Kodiak. According to the project’s description, the program would be used to help tribes establish a guidebook for community monitoring and bolster climate change data and research related to the island’s salmon. 

The money is part of $45 million worth of federal funding that will go towards tribal climate change initiatives announced by the Bureau of Indian Affairs on Monday, Oct. 31. 

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