Recent News

  • • Northwest Arctic LEPC Activity Included in the Statewide Newsletter
    The full newsletter can be found here.

  • • Youth Leadership Summit, Summer 2015
    There will be a Youth Leadership Summit and Auraqtuq (Summer) Kick-off to share Iñupiaq culture and promote lasting community involvement. Click here for more information.

  • • VPSO Michael Gagliano Successfully Completes Further Training
    Congratulations to VPSO Michael Gagliano who received certification to carry a firearm azs well as receiving the expert marksman award today during the first ever VPSO Arming Academy graduation! Great work, Mike we are very proud of your hard work and your dedication to the training!

  • • Announcing the Winners of the NWAB Subsistence Youth Essay Contest

  • • ICC Workshop Report on Food Security in the Arctic
    The Inuit Circumpoloar Council-Alaska has released a report from their recent workshop: Northwest Arctic Regional Food Workshop: How to Assess Food Security from an Inuit Perspective: Building a Conceptual Framework on How to Assess Food Security in the Alaskan Arctic (2014). The report is available here.

  • • Alaska State Troopers Press Release on VPSOs Selected for the Arming Pilot Project.
    Mike Galliano, who serves the community of Noatak will attend the training. For the full press release see here.

  • • The next meeting of the NAB Science Steering Committee will be held jointly with the North Slope Borough Science Steering Committee on April 9-10 in Anchorage.
• Subsistence Youth Essay Contest

The Borough is holding a youth essay contest about subsistence. Entry forms are available here.

• Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell visited our region

The end of the video highlights her trip to Kivalina. The Huffington Post also covered her visit to the interior in this article, and Kivalina is highlighted in this article in the Washington Post.

• Mayor Joule and other NAB Residents Featured in Documentary

Mayor Joule and other Borough residents are featured in this video about the Week of the Arctic, hosted by the Institute of the North. Members of the Northwest Arctic Borough participated in the event which examines and discusses Arctic issues.

Week of the Arctic: In the Arctic from Institute of the North on Vimeo.

• Revenue Sharing

Mayor Joule is quoted in the ADN in support of revenue sharing to local communities.

• Statewide Local Emergency Planning Committee Chronicle

Click here for the full Chronicle. The Borough is featured on p. 4.

• Northwest Arctic Borough Accomplishments 2012-2015

  • • Mayor Joule's holiday greeting here.
  • • Mayor Joule concludes service on National Task Force with issuance of final report by President Obama

    The State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Change Preparedness and Resilience (Task Force) was established by Executive Order 13653, on November 1, 2013. President Obama charged the Task Force with providing recommendations on how the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change. Mayor Joule served on the task force as one of two tribal members. The final report can be found here. Mayor Joule is quoted on page 30 of the report.

  • • National Task Force Issues Supplemental Recommendations Specific to Native Communities

    As part of their work on the Task Force, Tribal leaders Chairwoman Karen Diver and Mayor Reggie Joule received a wide range of input and recommendations from hundreds of Tribal leaders across the country. To supplement the recommendations of the Task Force's report and aid in implementation efforts, Chairwoman Diver and Mayor Joule also offered an additional set of recommendations that focus on the specific and unique perspectives of Native communities. These recommendations can be found here.

  • • A recent article in the Huffington Post addresses impacts faced by Shishmaref due to a changing climate. Mayor Joule's thoughts on this subject are included in the article.

  • • VPSOs Attend Regional Training in Anchorage

    NAB VPSOs attended annual training November 17 – 21, 2014 in Anchorage where they had refresher courses in ethics, stress management, critical incident response, emergency jail guard hire, recognizing elder abuse, Title 47 response, and defensive tactics. Officers who attended the training were Mark Richmond (Kiana), Noah Kuzel (Selawik), John McCrary (Noorvik), Otis Rolls (Shungnak), Monty Lenard (Kotzebue), Mike Gagliano (Noatak), and Chris Hatch (Kotzebue).

  • • NAB Winter Trail-Staking Update
    Newly staked trail

    Now that it has frozen up and it is safe, the Public Services Department has been coordinating with local Kotzebue contractors and with the Cities and/or IRAs in the villages to ensure that the 1,200 miles of intra-village winter trails get staked in accordance with the minimum trail staking standards that were approved by the Public Safety Commission and endorsed by the NANA Regional Search & Rescue President's group.

    If any residents have any questions and/or concerns, please contact Lena Ferguson, Fire Chief/SAR Coordinator at 907-442-2500 or via email at

  • • Two NAB VPSOs Graduate from DARE Training
    Local VPSOs graduate for DARE training
    Photographed L to R: VPSO McCary, Public Services Director, Wendie Schaeffer and VPSO Gagliano (holding his son, Mike Jr)
    Photo Credit: Chantee Barker

    The Alaska Department of Public Safety, Alaska State Troopers hosted the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Training on JBER this fall. VPSO Jack McCary from Noorvik and VPSO Mike Gagilano from Noatak attended and the intensive 80-hour training, culminating in a graduation ceremony on September 8, 2014. The DARE curriculum is designed to be taught by law enforcement officers whose training and experience gives them the background needed to answer the sophisticated questions often posed by young students about drugs and crime. The 80 hours of training covered specialized areas such as child development, classroom management, teaching techniques and communication skills. VPSOs McCary and Gagalino will now implement a DARE program in the schools in Noovik and Noatak. NAB is very proud of the accomplishments of VPSOs McCary and Gagalino and we look forward to updates regarding the DARE program in the school.

  • Kotzebue Fishermen on YouTube.
  • • Working drafts of the Northwest Arctic Regional Energy Plan are now available. Click on the following links:
  • • Mayor Joule is pleased to accept the appointment by President Obama to the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. Mayor Joule is the only Alaskan to serve on the task force and is excited about contributing and bringing an Alaskan perspective to the dialogue. To learn more about the appointment click here.
  • • Mayor Joule also participated in an interview with the Internation Polar Foundation available here.
  • • The University of Alaska, Fairbanks is putting out a call for abstracts for their conference, Science of a Cold Place in a Warming World to take place Apr. 24-25, 2014. For more information see the flyer here.
  • • The University of Alaska, Fairbanks is also travel grants to help undergraduates attend the conference in April. For information about how to apply, see here.
  • A Message from Mayor Joule (also available from The Arctic Sounder here).

The Northwest Arctic Borough

Latest Projects

Proudly Serving the Communities of:

Roughly 7,500 people in eleven communities call the Arctic Northwest Borough home.













Contact Us

Northwest Arctic Borough Mission is to improve the quality of life for all residents.

163 Lagoon Street - Kotzebue, AK 99752
1 (907) 442-2500

Staff Directory

Public Event

There are no public events listed at this time

Event Calendar