UTBB tribal consultation with EPA Region 10, August 2014
United Tribes of Bristol Bay (UTBB) is the first tribally-chartered consortium in the Bristol Bay region of Southwest Alaska. UTBB acts as political subdivision of its member tribal governments who have been leading environmental justice work in Bristol Bay for decades. UTBB was founded in 2013 to unite the tribal voice by six Bristol Bay tribes and has grown to represent fifteen tribal governments. UTBB’s member tribes represent fifteen of the Yup’ik, Dena’ina, and Alutiiq indigenous communities in Bristol Bay—over half the population of the region.
UTBB’s mission is to protect the lands and waters that support the traditional way of life of the indigenous people of Bristol Bay by advocating against unsustainable large-scale hard rock mines like the Pebble Project. UTBB is guided by the results in the Bristol Bay Regional Visioning Project, a comprehensive project outlining a sustainable future that honors our traditional values and way of life. You can find more info about the project here: www.bristolbayvision.org
UTBB is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions.
“UTBB is a very powerful, united voice of Bristol Bay’s tribal people advocating for the protection of our lands and waters, our cultures, and our communities from the harm of destructive mining.”
Robert Heyano, President of UTBB
United Tribes of Bristol Bay’s 15 Member Tribal Governments Include: Togiak Traditional Council, Twin Hills Village Council, Manakotak Village Council, Curyung Tribal Council, Ekuk Village Council, Clark’s Point Village Council, Aleknagik Traditional Council, Portage Creek Village Council, New Stuyahok Traditional Council, New Koliganek Village Council, Levelock Village Council, Nondalton Village Council, Pilot Point Tribal Council, Pedro Bay Village Council, and Chignik Lake Tribal Council.
we are the United Tribes of Bristol Bay
Robert Heyano, Ekuk Tribal Council
Alex Tallekpalek, Levelock Village Council
Thomas Tilden, Curyung Tribal Council
MaryAnn Johnson, Portage Creek Village Council
Togiak Tradtional Council
Twin Hills Village Council
Louie Alakayak Jr.
Manokotak Tribal Council
Clark’s Point Village Council
Wassillie Andrew Sr.
New Stuyahok Village Council
Herman Nelson Sr.
New Koliganek Village Council
Nondalton Tribal Council
Chignik Lake Tribal Council
Aleknagik Traditional Council
Pilot Point Tribal Council
Pedro Bay Village Council
Community Engagement Director