This Alaska focused training was presented in November 2020 by a legal team that included Brandon Sousa, Attorney-Advisor, DOI Division of Indian Affairs, and Annie Perry, of Snowpony Consulting. They have been two of the primary instructors for ITEP's cohort based, Developing and Implementing Tribal Solid Waste Codes course for the past three years. This Alaska specific version was intended as a primer to help tribes determine if creating a solid waste code is right for their Village and discuss some options. It also featured case studies by Lorraine King, Ekwok Village, and Sarah Sherwood, Copper River Native Association. During this virtual course, participants learned how to:
- Research and explain your tribe’s legislative process and help determine how to pass a code.
- Discuss the basics of tribal jurisdiction over Land and People.
- Identify strategies for cultivating public, legal, and governmental support for codes.
- Develop education and outreach methods as well as discuss community buy-in methods specific to the needs of the tribe.
- Discuss enforcement options.