Tribal Environmental Resiliency Resources Act

Date Posted: April 5, 2024

On April 2, 2024, the Tribal Environmental Resiliency Resources Act (TERRA Act) was officially introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives as H.R. 7859 during a pro forma session. The bill was referred to the House Natural Resources Committee.

Alaska Native Health Board (ANHB) commends the introduction of the Tribal Environmental Resiliency Resources Act (TERRA). The health and wellness of Tribal communities is intrinsically tied to the environment. As the statewide voice on Alaska Native health, ANHB acutely understands how climate change disproportionately affects Alaska Tribes, many of which are already facing the extreme scenario of relocating their communities. The TERRA Act fills essential gaps by providing a way to coordinate these complex community driven relocation projects, as well as other Tribal climate resiliency efforts at all levels, while centering Tribal self-determination. ANHB calls on Congress to prioritize these urgent concerns and pass the TERRA Act to support the environmental resiliency of all Alaska Native and American Indian people.