Angoon Initiative

For centuries, indigenous peoples have lived in harmony with the ecosystems they are a part of. Rights of nature is in line with indigenous culture’s traditional worldview and conceptions, that we are all connected.

ELC is working closely with the Angoon Community Association (ACA) in Angoon Alaska to address the myriad of issues ACA and their environment face. This includes indigenous sovereignty, pollution in Hawk Inlet and gray water in the Chatham Straits.

ELC is assisting with amendments to ACA’s tribal constitution, ensuring the recognition of nature’s rights.

Read more about Angoon in our recent blog.

Angoon is located on the southwest coast at Kootznoowoo Inlet. It is 55 miles southwest of Juneau and 41 miles northeast of Sitka. It is the only permanent settlement on Admiralty Island, with less than 600 full-time residents who continue to maintain strong ties of the community’s rich Native Tlingit tribe heritage.

For more information, contact Ocean Rights Manager Michelle Bender at mbender@earthlaw.org.