Alaska Governance Project

Encouraging ongoing dialogue, the sharing of information, and continued open discussion as ways to advance issues and shed light on unique needs of rural Alaska. 

The Alaska Governance Project, a North Star Group (NSG) initiative, has grown out of NSG’s prior work with the Rural Governance Commission. This website aims to offer Alaska communities and people resources to help build healthy communities.

Recent Updates

December 8, 2021 – Anchorage Municipal Assembly and Native Village of Eklutna Joint Meeting

At the second joint meeting of the Anchorage Municipal Assembly and the Native Village of Eklutna, the group discussed avenues for collaboration on issues such as affordable housing, senior care, Indigenous concerns in law enforcement, and many others. The establishment of issue-area working groups was also discussed, which will help strengthen collaboration. Read the summary & minutes and watch the full video on Youtube.

November 16, 2021 – Leading Models for Municipal-Tribal Cooperation & Effective Local Governance – AML Panel

The panel featured the City of Albuquerque, NM– a national leader in establishing official ties between municipal and tribal governments, Anchorage’s new tribal recognition ordinance, existing agreements in Unalaska and Sitka, and collaboration in Nome. Through lively discussion, the panel addressed the challenges, sustainability, public support, and future prospects for Municipal-Tribal Governance in Alaska and beyond.


Municipal-Tribal Agreements

Alaska Tribal Recognition Initiative

A group called ‘Alaskans for Better Government’ is spearheading an effort to put a ballot initiative before Alaska voters in 2022 that would require the state to officially recognize all 229 federally-recognized tribes in Alaska. The petition has been certified as of October 11, 2021, and now will proceed to the signature gathering phase. Find articles and discussion of the initiative below:

Reference Materials and Websites

Other reports, materials, and websites


North Star Group Initiative

North Star Group (NSG) navigates complex social challenges related to resource development and community self-governance across Alaska, the Arctic, and beyond. Through respectful, mutually supportive relationships founded upon collaboration, the NSG global network of professionals guide business, government, and organizations toward socially responsible and economically sustainable goals. As international interest in the Arctic has increased, we have expanded our operations to include other geographic regions. NSG team members are based in Anchorage, Alaska, Washington, D.C., and Paris, France, with global partner organizations across the world.