The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) funds three Tribal climate health projects as part of the Climate Ready Tribes Project with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). NIHB is currently highlighting each of these Tribes and their climate health efforts through email spotlights. You can view the previous email in this series here. Also look for updates coming soon to the NIHB climate page to share information about all of the awardees and their projects.
Today's spotlight highlights work in Alaska, the largest and one of the least populated states in the US. The Village of Wainwright (VOW) is located in the northern Alaskan Arctic, on the shores of the Chukchi Sea. It is situated within a region commonly referred to as the North Slope, which begins in the interior just north of the Brooks Range and stretches down to the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. Wainwright is approximately 70 miles southwest of the hub city of Barrow and three miles northeast of the Kuk River estuary. The Kuk is a 35-mile-long stream that discharges to the Chukchi via the Wainwright Inlet. Wainwright is itself situated on a wave-eroded coastal bluff of a narrow peninsula that separates the Wainwright Inlet from the Chukchi Sea. Wainwright received its contemporary moniker from the Inlet, which was given its English name in 1826 by Captain F.W. Beechey in honor of his officer, Lt. John Wainwright (North Slope Borough, 2014).To read the full article, click here.