The Natural Resources Department for the Chilkoot Indian Association is responsible for activities related to the environment in the Haines area. The program is funded primarily through a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. Many of the activities involve capacity building for the Tribe. Knowledge and skills related to the understanding of:
- federal and state permits
- satellite, computer aided mapping
- and the overall awareness of how Tribal governments function
Because the department has a small staff, there is direct involvement with other tribal departments and many issues that are generated from a wide variety of sources. Geographic Information Systems is a valuable resource serving the entire administration. There is also contact through teleconferences and meetings with the other Tribes in SE Alaska. Currently the NR Dept. is working on a large remediation project with the United States Army, Corps of Engineers.