It is our mission to steward, conserve, preserve, enhance, and protect places and customs that are of significant historical, cultural, and environmental importance by using traditional ecological and cultural knowledge and science.
KIC initiated an “Environmental Program” in 2005, under the Housing Department, addressing indoor air quality, water quality, household hazardous waste, pollution, and lack of environmental education in Ketchikan. Many of these original environmental program goals continue to varying degrees and additional program areas have been created now that the Cultural Resources Department has been developed. The Cultural Resources Department was officially formed in 2013 to assist the “Our Way of Life” Committee. In fall of 2014, the first Director for the program was hired and began building the program.
The Cultural Resources Department now consists of three staff members: a Cultural Resources Director, an Environmental Specialist, and an AmeriCorps VISTA. With this team, the Cultural Resources Department has really started to develop and has been able to take on more projects with the following principals:
The land, water, and living things that make up Ketchikan are integral components of the social, cultural, and spiritual life of Ketchikan Indian Community members. The Cultural Resources Department exists to assist Tribal Council and the members they represent in continuing their stewardship to the land and ensuring their access to natural resources that indigenous people have enjoyed and depended on for many centuries.