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Relocation and Erosion Concerns Shishmaref, AK September 16, 2006 Stanley Tocktoo, Mayor Kelly Eningowuk Shishmaref, we are worth saving Kelly Eningowuk Kelly Eningowuk Kelly Eningowuk Shishmaref is located on the coast in Northwest Alaska Nancy Kokeok Margaret Moto Ross 1966

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relocation and erosion concerns shishmaref ak september 16 2006 stanley tocktoo mayor
Relocation and Erosion ConcernsShishmaref, AKSeptember 16,2006Stanley Tocktoo, Mayor

Kelly Eningowuk

shishmaref we are worth saving
Shishmaref, we are worth saving

Kelly Eningowuk

Kelly Eningowuk

Kelly Eningowuk

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We have lived here over 4,ooo years

Kelly Eningowuk

Kelly Eningowuk

Kelly Eningowuk

Kelly Eningowuk

subsistence
Subsistence

The community of Shishmaref is highly dependant on its cultural and traditional heritage. Subsisting off the natural foods from the land and sea is critical to our health and well being, and is passed on from generation to generation.

The preservation of our unique culture is vital to the continued existence of our community as one family.

shishmaref plagued by shoreline erosion
Shishmaref Plagued by Shoreline Erosion

Recently, temperatures in Shishmaref have increased, our permafrost is melting, and our storms have gotten much worse.

For several decades, Shishmaref has had a growing problem with significant shoreline beach erosion. The future and well being of our community and residents is our number 1 concern.

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10-08-02 Storm

12:37

2:32

Erosion rate: These 2 photos were taken 2 hours apart, note the ATV tracks in the road (note the 55 gallon barrel). This road no longer exists.

In 1997, Shishmaref lost 125 feet of beach in a single storm.

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Teacher’s Housing

Pack ice

Without the early buildup of shoreline pack ice, Shishmaref is more vulnerable to erosion caused by fall storms in late October-December of each year.

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Shishmaref is not alone; other Alaska Native Villages are facing a significant threat from ongoing global climate changes.
  • Areas that have in the past been protected by our durable permafrost are now at risk. According to the GAO,186 other communities are being affected by flooding and erosion in Alaska.
  • Land along the coast of St. Michael and Stebbins are being lost to the environmental warming, flooding and erosion.
shishmaref has organized the coalition from our three local governing entities

Shishmaref has organized the Coalition from our three local governing entities

City of Shishmaref

Native Village of Shishmaref

Shishmaref Native Corporation

Kawerak, Inc the Regional Non-Profit facilitates the coalition and provides staff

support. http://www.kawerak.org/tribalHomePages/shiscoal/index.htmlhttp://www.kawerak.org/

All photos taken by Tony A. Weyiouanna Sr

unless noted

update plans and goals

Strategic Plan For Relocation

Update plans and goals

The Shishmaref Erosion and Relocation Coalition has

developed a Strategic Plan to help plan and coordinate

its effort to protect and relocate the community. This plan developed in 2002 is currently being revised.

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The no action option for Shishmaref is the annihilation of our community by dissemination.
  • We are unique, and need to be valued as a national treasure by the people of the United States. We deserve the attention and help of the American people and the federal government.
final request

Final Request

That Shishmaref be used as a federal demonstration project with maximum flexibility to determine what changes need to be made to lower the cost and impact of relocation, identify a Federal champion, and to facilitate agency coordination