Alaska Native Issues: Federal Agencies Could Strengthen Support for Native Village Efforts to Address Environmental Threats

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Bureau of Indian Affairs The BIA Director should identify options for providing additional technical assistance specifically designed to help Alaska Native Villages navigate and obtain assistance from the various federal programs potentially available, including assessing how the BIA prioritizes its available resources. (Recommendation 1)

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Actions to meet the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially meet the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

Once we have confirmed the actions taken by the agency in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

The Denali Commission The federal co-chair of the Denali Commission should identify options for providing additional technical assistance specifically designed to help Alaska Native villages navigate and obtain assistance from the various federal programs potentially available, including assessing how how the Commission prioritizes its available resources. (Recommendation 2)

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Actions to meet the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially meet the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

Once we have confirmed the actions taken by the agency in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Bureau of Indian Affairs The Director of the BIA shall review the BIA programs identified in this report and, where the agency deems it feasible and appropriate, implement relevant changes to address those features of the program that are not established in law and that hinder Alaska Native villages from obtaining assistance, including the characteristics we have identified. and others that BIA may identify. The BIA should also document its review, any related consultation with tribes, and any changes to its programs. (Recommendation 3)

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Actions to meet the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially meet the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

Once we have confirmed the actions taken by the agency in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

defense department The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works should direct the Chief of Engineers and the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to review the corps programs identified in this report and, when the agency as deemed feasible and appropriate, to implement the relevant changes. to address features of the program that are not established in law and that pose barriers to Alaska Native Villages obtaining assistance, including features we have identified and others that the Corps can identify. The Corps should also document its review, any related consultation with tribes, and any changes to its programs. (Recommendation 4)

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Actions to meet the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially meet the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

Once we have confirmed the actions taken by the agency in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Federal Emergency Management Agency The FEMA Administrator should review the FEMA programs identified in this report and, when the agency deems it feasible and appropriate, implement relevant changes to address program features not established in statute and that pose barriers to Alaska Native villages obtaining assistance, including features we identified and others that FEMA can identify. FEMA should also document its review, any related consultation with tribes, and any changes to its programs. (Recommendation 5)

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Actions to meet the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially meet the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

Once we have confirmed the action taken by the agency in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of Housing and Urban Development The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development should direct the Assistant Assistant Secretary for Native American Programs and the Assistant Principal Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development to review the HUD programs identified in this report and, when the agency as deemed feasible and appropriate, implement relevant changes to address features of the program that are not established in statute and that pose barriers to Alaska Native Villages obtaining assistance, including features that we have identified and others that the HUD can identify. HUD must also document its review, any related consultation with tribes, and any changes to its programs. (Recommendation 6)

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Actions to meet the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially meet the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

Once we have confirmed the actions taken by the agency in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration The NOAA Administrator should review the NOAA programs identified in this report and, when the agency deems it feasible and appropriate, implement relevant changes to address program features not established in statute and that pose barriers to Alaska Native Villages getting help, including features we identified and others that NOAA may identify. NOAA should also document its review, any related consultation with tribes, and any changes to its programs. (Recommendation 7)

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Actions to meet the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially meet the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

Once we have confirmed the actions taken by the agency in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Natural Resources Conservation Service The Head of NRCS should review the NRCS programs identified in this report and, where the agency deems it feasible and appropriate, implement relevant changes to address features of the program that are not established in law and that pose barriers to Alaska Native villages getting help, including characteristics we identified and others that the NRCS can identify. The NRCS should also document its review, any related consultation with tribes, and any changes to its programs. (Recommendation 8)

To open

Actions to meet the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially meet the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

Once we have confirmed the actions taken by the agency in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

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