We exercise our sovereign rights
and powers for the benefit of our
to conserve and retain tribal lands
and resources including subsistence
and environmental issues
to establish and carry-out justice systems including social services pursuant to Inupiat Tribal law
generate sustainable funding sources for ICAS as a regional tribal government
The Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope (ICAS) is a Regional Alaska Native tribal government governed by the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, and a tribal constitution as amended, that represents and is selected by the Inupiat people of the Arctic Slope region. ICAS was established as an IRA in August 26, 1971. The mission of ICAS is to exercise its sovereign rights and powers for the benefit of tribal members, to conserve and retain tribal lands and resources including subsistence and environmental issues, to establish and carry-out justice systems including social services pursuant to Inupiat Tribal law and custom, and to increase the variety and quality of services provided to current tribal members and for our future generations. Economic development to generate sustainable funding sources for ICAS as a regional tribal government will be pursued to enhance the existing human resource services.
Service Overview: ICAS provides administrative and management services including payroll-accounting, grant writing, realty trust services, Indian Child Welfare services, natural resource services to its members and through the federal Rehabilitation Services Administration, vocational rehabilitation services are provided. An election of board members takes place every three years. ICAS has no formal affiliation with the local Native Corporation ASRC.
How to join ICAS
To become a member of ICAS you must sign up with your Native Village Since each village has their own federally recognized Tribal village, you must provide information regarding your ancestral lineage to the village tribe that you are interested in becoming a member of the Native Village of Atqasuk, Native Village of Barrow, Native Village of Anaktuvuk Pass Native Village of Pt. Lay and Wainwright or another North Slope village.
The Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope is comprised of all the North Slope villages and their membership. ICAS doesn’t do the actual enrolling of members that is done by the respective tribal village government. Ask for a membership application where the information regarding tribal lineage (family tree) is provided to become a member. Application information is then presented to the respective Tribal Council for approval or disapproval for inducting into the Tribe as a member.