The Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) is a part of the Native Village of Eyak Traditional Council Tribal Government. DENR works to protect the Native Village of Eyak's traditional lands, manage subsistence resources for the tribe, and prevent, or mitigate, environmental damage. The people of Eyak have been stewards of this land for over 7,000 years and DENR seeks to continue that tradition.
The Native Village of Eyak (NVE) is a federally recognized tribe representing Alaska Natives from Cordova and the surrounding area. NVE is governed by a 5-member Traditional Council that promotes self-determination to Native Village of Eyak tribal members. Under the guidance of the Council, tribal offices provide health and social services, economic development, natural resource/environmental education, jobs, and job training to the Native Village of Eyak. The Tribe operates in a way that is acceptable to Alaska Native cultural values and traditions in order to enhance the well being of our People both physically and spiritually. The Tribal Council seeks ways to enrich tribal living through community-operated tribal programs and self-determination opportunities.
Located in Cordova, Alaska, on the eastern side of Prince William Sound, the Native Village of Eyak's traditional lands are rich with natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Prince William Sound is defined by magnificent fjords, soaring mountain ranges, and jagged cliffs that plunge into the sea. Cordova is bordered to the East by the Chugach National Forest, the second largest in the United States and home to moose, bears, wolves, lynx, and other northern wildlife. To the south is the Copper River Delta, the largest continuous wetlands on the west coast of North America and home of the famous Copper River Salmon. Prince William Sound borders Cordova on the North and West, providing food and livelihood with its rich diversity of fish and marine mammals.